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April ’24 Employment Law Changes

April 1, 2024

Hot on the heels of holiday pay laws changing, are you ready for more employment law changes this April? If you’re only just reading this, have you implemented these changes in your organisation? Without being aware of the new laws, you and your managers will not know how to manage staff properly. These are important changes and contracts of employment and policies will need updating.

The new laws taking effect during April are:

  • Increases to the National Living Wage:  with a 9.8% increase to £11.44ph. Remember, the minimum wages is linked to age.
  • Skilled migrant workers: the minimum threshold salary has increased. Please let us know if you would like assistance from our global staff mobility experts.
  • Flexible working: the right to ask for flexible terms is now available to all employees from the first day of their employment. Key changes include that there is no need for them to explain the impact of their request on the organisation. Two requests a year may be made and the employer’s time period for responding to the requests is now shorter. Let us know if you need a new flexible working policy.
  • Unpaid carers leave: this came into force for the first time with employers unable to decline requests so long as the ask fulfils certain criteria.
  • Extension of redundancy protections apply to give greater protections relating to pregnancy and maternity. Redundancy protections will now apply form when the employee informs the employer of their pregnancy filling a previous gap in the legislation.
  • Enhanced paternity leave: this has become available in relation to children whose expected week of birth is after 6 April 2024.
  • Statutory limits: there has been an increase in the statutory limits used in some employee related calculations including the maximum weekly wage to be used when making calculations of statutory redundancy pay which is now capped at £700 for termination of employment after 6 April 2024.
  • Domestic abuse protection orders (DAPO) will now be available through a variety of routes and may be made during employment disputes.

If you would like further information or would like to update your contracts and policies please get in touch.

Please take advice for your specific situation before proceeding as this is a summary intended to flag the issues and not intended as specific legal advice.

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