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Merlin House, 1 Langstone Business Park

01633 459012

For more than 10 years we have provided companies of all sizes and in a variety of sectors with uncomplicated, innovative and affordable human resources advice and on-site support ensuring that your people are an asset to your company and not a liability.


With the National Minimum Wage (NMW) now almost fifteen years old, and with another increase pending on 1st April 2017 HMRC have issued a list of the most elaborate excuses they've been given by employers for not paying the appropriate rates:

Key Dates for Employment Law (April/May 2018)

Alan Kitto

There are a number of changes to employment law due over the next two months:

1st April 2018 - National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates increase to: 

  • £7.83 per hour for those aged 25 and over
  • £7.38 per hour for those aged 21 to 24
  • £5.90 per hour for those aged 18 to 20
  • £4.20 per hour for those aged 16 and 17
  • £3.70 per hour for apprentices

1st April 2018 - New Statutory Rates 

  • Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Leave and Statutory Shared Parental Leave all increase to £145.18 per week

6th April 2018 - Statutory Sick Pay

  • Statutory Sick Pay increases to £92.05 per week

6th April 2018 - Taxation of Termination Payments

  • New rules apply to any termination of employment that takes place on or after 6 April 2018 whereby all notice pay is to be treated as earnings and subject to tax and national insurance contributions – irrespective of whether or not there is a pay in lieu of notice clause (PILON) in the employment contract.

6th April 2018 - A Week's Pay

  • The maximum amount for a week’s pay (used to calculate statutory redundancy payments) will increase to £508 per week (from £489 per week). This increase is of particular relevance to those making redundancies on or after 6th April 2018

6th April 2018 - Maximum Employment Tribunal Compensatory Award

  • The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases to a year's salary or £83,682 (from £80,541) where the effective date of termination is on or after 6 April 2018.

25th May 2018 - GDPR

  • The General Data Protection Regulations will replace the Data Protection Act 1998

For more information on any of the above changes, please don't hesitate to contact us