April 2022 employment law changes

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April 2022 main employment law changes

If you’ve been following this column you’ll already know about changes to minimum wage rates and statutory rates, all of which take effect from this month.

Also increasing is the cap on a week’s pay for the purposes of calculating statutory redundancy pay, this will now become £571 per week, meaning that the maximum statutory redundancy payment reaches £17,130 for an employee with 20 or more years’ service all of which must have been served at over 41 years of age.

IR35 grace period ends

The gloves are also off this month on HMRC penalties and fines for employers under IR35. Although introduced into the private sector in April 2021, HMRC have followed a light touch towards enforcement for the first year. Should a ‘self-employed’ person be judged by HMRC to be a worker, there may be implications not just for unpaid taxes, but also unpaid holiday pay. To help employers judge whether IR35 is likely to be engaged HMRC published a status assessment tool, which many criticised as being too HMRC-centric. You can read more about the topic in our earlier article.

Employment law compliance checklist

Employment law is constantly evolving and its important to stay up to date. You can follow us in these columns as well as on Twitter and LinkedIn, and we have also prepared an employment law compliance checklist that employers may find useful. The checklist covers the main aspects of employment and health and safety, and will enable employers to identify gaps. For a copy simply email us or give us a ring – our contact details are below.

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