There are a number of HR legislation changes that occur in April 2017. You have probably heard about the imminent increase to the National Living Wage as this has been widely reported on the news.
National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage
The National Living Wage (NLW), currently set at £7.20 for workers aged 25 and over, will increase to £7.50 from 1st April 2017.
At the same time the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for 21 to 24-year-old workers will rise to £7.05 an hour.
The rate for 18 to 20-year-old workers will increase to £5.60 an hour
The rate for 16 and 17-year-old workers will go up to £4.05 an hour.
The minimum hourly rate for apprentices will be £3.50 an hour.
Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay
The current weekly rate of statutory maternity pay (SMP), statutory paternity pay (SPP), statutory adoption pay (SAP) and statutory shared parental pay (ShPP) is £139.58, or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate.
On 2nd April, this increases to £140.98.