April is traditionally the busiest time of the year when it comes to employment law change, and this April is no exception. Changes include:

  • Increases to Statutory Sick Pay (£86.70 per week), Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (£136.78)  and changes to the earnings thresholds (£109 per week);
  • Increase for company car tax for vehicles with carbon dioxide emissions of between 95g/km and 219g/km;
  • Changes to the rules on collective redundancies; employers wishing to make 100 or more employees redundant now only have to consult with them for a period of at least 45 days;
  • Increases to the lower level of qualifying earnings (£5,668) and the earnings trigger for pensions automatic enrolment (£9,440);
  • Increases to fees for visa applications and changes to the points base system for skilled migrant workers from outside of the EEA;