HR and Employment Law changes to be aware of in 2019

Date: Wednesday, 12th December, 2018

Over the past year, employers have had to come to terms with quite a few changes to HR and Employment law, with the introduction of GDPR, increases to the national minimum wage, gender pay reporting and taxation of termination payments.

So employers what are you expecting in 2019? – below we give a brief overview of what is coming:

January 2019 – Executive pay reporting

As of 1 January 2019, UK listed companies with more than 250 UK employees (although first reports are not expected until 2020) will be required to publish the pay gap between their chief executive and their average UK worker.  This will need to be done annually. 

March 2019 – Brexit

Under the EU Settlement Scheme, EU workers will be able to obtain settled or pre-settled status. This will allow them to live and work in the UK after 31st December 2020. To achieve settled status, EU citizens will be required to have lived continuously in the UK for a period of five years. If an EU citizen has less than five years’ continuous residence, they will be issued pre-settled status. The government has said that the scheme will be open fully in March 2019. However, it is not yet known how non-UK resident EU Citizens will be affected by Brexit.

April 2019 – National Minimum Wage

As of 1 April 2019, the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage are set to increase.

The National Living Wage (the rate for those who are 25 or over) will rise from £7.83 to £8.21 per hour. 

The National Minimum Wage (for those aged under 25), per hour will increase as follows:

  • From £7.38 to £7.70 for those between 21 to 24 year olds
  • from £5.90 to £6.15 for between 18 to 20 year olds
  • from £4.20 to £4.35 for 16 and 17 year olds
  • from 3.70 to £3.90 for apprentices.

As of April 2019, apprentices have the right to earn £3.90 per hour. They are entitled to this if they are under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they are over the age of 19 and have finished their first year of apprenticeship.

April 2019 – Payslips

Changes to the way employers issue payslips will come into force on 6th April 2019, as from this date, the legal right to a payslip will be extended to include those who are recognised as ‘workers’.  Employers will be obliged to include the total number of hours worked on payslips for employees whose wages vary depending on how much time they have worked.

It’s really important that employers work with their payroll departments to ensure the correct procedure are in place ahead of April’s deadline.

If you would like to talk over any of the above changes, please do get in touch.

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