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Are you aware of the important employment law changes on their way this April?

Every April you can expect employment law changes to be coming your way, are you aware of the ones coming into force this April?

The first change, national living wage rate of £7.20 is to be introduced for workers aged 25 and over. This is effective from the first pay reference period, which begins on or after April 1st 2016, so don’t get caught out!

Whilst on the topic of pay rates, the penalties for non-payment of the national minimum wage is increasing. If you are found not to have paid the national minimum wage, then the penalty doubles from April 1st 2016.

Another change you need to be aware of, is employers will no longer pay employer national insurance contributions for apprentices under the age of 25, from April 6th 2016. This is due to the Government trying to encourage employers to create more apprenticeships for young people.

Another change worth noting, legislation is expected to come into force sometime during April 2016, which allows tribunal enforcement officers, to impose a financial penalty onto an employer, who fails to pay a tribunal award or Acas settlement sum.

This isn’t a full list of all the changes coming into force, but just a starting point of the ones which are just around the corner.

For any help or guidance, contact us on 01909 512 120 or email phillipa@loftusstowe.com

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