UK employment law continues to develop at a rapid pace. It is important that employers continue to keep up to date so as to avoid unanticipated liabilities for their organisation. There are several key changes due to come into effect in April 2016.
From 1st April
Introduction of National Living Wage
The new National Living Wage comes into force. It will apply to workers aged 25 and over at a rate of £7.20 an hour.
From 6th April
Increase in Tribunal compensation limits
The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £78,335 to £78,962.
The maximum amount of a week’s pay, used to calculate statutory redundancy payments and various awards including the basic and additional awards for unfair dismissal, also rises from £475 to £479.
Introduction of financial penalties for unpaid tribunal awards and settlements.
A new scheme is introduced penalising employers who fail to pay tribunal awards or settlement sums under a COT3.
Introduction of Tribunal postponement rules
Legislation comes into force limiting the number of postponements to two for each party in each case, introducing a deadline for postponements of seven days before the hearing and requiring a costs or preparation order to be considered where a successful application for a postponement is made less than seven days before the hearing.