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Upcoming April HR ChangesPosted on by Angela Rhodes
April is around the corner and as too is the implementation of employment law changes. Increases galore in the statutory payment rates, significant changes to whiltleblowing legislation and collective redundancy consultation, here’s a run down of what’s lurking… Statutory Payment Rates
- From 6th April SSP increases to £86.70 per week (from £85.85) with the weekly earnings threshold increasing from £107 to £109.
- From 7th April statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay increases from £135.45 a week (or 90% of normal weekly earnings if lower) to £136.78.
- From 6th April, the consultation period for collective redundancies involving 100 or more employees will be reduced from 90 days to 45 days. The reason for this is that the previous consultation period was too inflexible for many employers and, given the complexities, it was thought that restructuring may be delayed and employees at risk of redundancy were unable to take up alternative employment. The 45 days, however, has been reduced as a minimum and organisations may consult for longer if its appropriate to do so. Interesting, employees under a fixed-term contract which are due to expire, will be excluded from the collective redundancy consultation requirements – more expected on this shortly.
- There will be a change to the definition of “qualifying disclosure” to refer specifically to disclosures “in the public interest” which removes the loophole so as to prevent employees bring claims relating to matters of personal issues that are not in the public interest.
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