5 key employment law changes you should be aware of

April tends to be a busy time for employers as it’s the month where key employment law changes are made. This blog will outline the main changes you should be aware of both as an employer and employee.


1. National Living Wage changes

From 1 April the National Living Wage (NLW) will increase to £8.91 per hour. For the first time, it will also apply to those aged 23 and over as opposed to those aged 25 and over. 


2. National Minimum Wage increase

All employers have to pay at least the set minimum wage to employees. These rates change every year and differ depending on age. From 1 April the hourly rate for 2021 will be:

  • 21-22: £8.36
  • 18-20: £6.56
  • Under 18: £4.62
  • Apprentices: £4.30

Anyone aged 23 or above will have to be paid at least the NLW. Find out more about minimum wage


3. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) increase

The weekly rate of SSP will increase to £96.35 from 6 April. Find out more about sick pay and if you are an employer, make a Sickness policy to outline the policies and procedures you have in place to manage staff absences. 


4. Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental parental bereavement pay increase

These rates will increase to £151.97 from 4 April. You can find out more information about:


5. IR35 changes

From 6 April, IR35 will also apply to private sector clients and medium and large sized businesses will have to determine whether IR35 applies to any contractors they engage. They will have a responsibility to give the worker a Status Determination Statement outlining whether they are an employee or self-employed. 

Find out more about IR35 and IR35 status determination


Sara Domi