Five Employment law changes in 2019 you need to know
In 2019 agenda employment law will be dominated by pay. On top of that gender pay gap report production, companies with 250 and above employees will be required to report on the pay gap between the chief executive staff and their average workers. Along with these changes, we expect April to bring National Minimum Wage increase and more developments in that from HMRC we it was seen in the case of Iceland.
Reports on the Pay Gap
UK has passed a law on the chief executive and average worker pay gap report. This applies to the companies where the number of employees are greater than 250. This report is to be published in 2020. The pay gap report is to be published along with the gender pay gap report.
Gender pay gap report was passed last year, and this will need to be published by the 4th April (30th March for public sector employers). The big advantage of this report for employees is to see if the plans to tackle the pay gap have worked and if they identify the pay gap is still existent and no action is being taken, then it is the time to think about it.
National Minimum Wage
National Minimum Wages are going to be raised along with National Living Wages on the 1st of April. The rates are to be raised from £7.83 to £8.21 for employees 25 years and above. The standard rates are to be raised from £7.38 to £7.70.
Starting from the 6 April, it is a requirement to provide detailed payslips to both ‘workers’ and the employees, which includes total number of hours worked when hourly pay is variable. This might include the zero hours contracts.
Last year’s march #MeToo has created a big topic around sexual harassment. This march has resulted in production of three independent reports, all of which concluded that the Government is to take action toward tackling sexual harassment in the workplace and provide more support.
Good Work Plan
The government has set out a proposal to : ‘fair and decent work with realistic scope for development and fulfilment’ in its Good Work Plan, which would be applied for all UK workers. On the 6th of April 2019, some of the parts of (Miscellaneous Amendments) Employment Rights Regulations will come into force. This will quadruple the initial fines from £5,000 to £20,000 for breaching employment rights.
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