April employment changes?

Despite Brexit uncertainty April will still be relatively busy on the HR front:

Pre Brexit fall outs, the EU Settlement Scheme was intended to be fully operational by 30 March 2019. EU, Nothing has been said that suggests that anything different will apply now we are passed that deadline! EEA and Swiss citizens (and their families) will be able to apply to continue living and working in the UK post-Brexit using this scheme.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the deadline for applying for settled or pre-settled status will be 30 June 2021. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, workers will need to be living in the UK by 29 March 2019 to apply, and the deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.

Remember that if you are an Employer you should ensure that your staff have the right to work in the UK.

Gender pay gap reporting

Employers with a headcount of 250 or more must publish their gender pay gap report on their websites before 4 April 2019, based on data to 5 April 2018.

Itemised payslips

All employee has the right to be given a written, itemised pay statement by their employer. With effect from 6 April 2019, this entitlement is extended to all “workers” – this includes people who may have previously been regarded as a sub-contractor.

National Minimum Wage Increases

As of 1 April 2019, the National Minimum/Living Wage will increase to:

£8.21 for workers of 25 years and over
£7.70 for workers between the ages of 21 and 24
£6.15 for workers between the ages of 18 and 20
£4.35 for workers under the age of 18
£3.90 for apprentices under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship

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