Welcome to the HCHR Employment Law & HR with changes effective from April 2019

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but as is always the case with April, key statutory rates of pay are set to increase. Here is a round robin of the increases for your reference including changes to National Minimum Wage and  Statutory Sick Pay as well as pension contributions, redundancy payments and statutory pay for parental leave.

If you have any questions or queries regarding any of these articles, please call us today on 01792 234761.


National Minimum Wage

The new hourly rates, introduced as of 1st April 2019, will be as follows:

  • For workers aged 25 and over = from £7.83 to £8.21
  • For workers aged 21–24 = from £7.38 to £7.70
  • For workers aged 18–20 = from £5.90 to £6.15
  • For workers aged under 18 = from £4.20 to £4.35
  • Apprentices (if under 19 or in first year of apprenticeship) = from £3.70 to £3.90


Statutory Sick Pay

Employees who have been absent from work due to illness for four days or more and meet the eligibility criteria will receive SSP for up to a maximum of 28 weeks.

The rate increases from £92.05 to £94.25 from 6th April 2019


Pension Contributions

Employers will need to contribute 3% of an employee’s gross salary, in comparison to last year’s 2%, from 6th March 2019. To qualify for this, employees will need to contribute a minimum of 5% of their gross salary into their pension themselves.


Statutory Cap on a “week’s pay” for redundancy purposes

This is currently set at £508.00 per week, however shall raise to £525.00 on 6th April 2019.

The cap on the potential compensatory award a person can claim for unfair dismissal at an Employment Tribunal will also increase from from £83,682 to £86,444.


Statutory Pay – Maternity, Paternity, Adoption & Shared Parental Leave

From 7th April 2019, the minimum weekly pay rate for the above periods of leave increases from £145.18 to £148.68 per week. The average earnings an employee must earn to receive these payments will also increase from £116 to £118 per week. The eligibility criteria will also remain applicable.


This is just a snapshot of some of the more important changes to employment law that businesses face in 2019.  We will keep you informed of other changes throughout the year.

Should you have any queries regarding the changes and how to implement these, or of course any other HR of employment law related queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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