Important UK Employment Law Changes In April 2019

April 2019 has been a key month for UK employment law where a number of changes have taken place that will affect companies and employees nationwide including increases to the national minimum wage, new rules on payslips and changes to minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.

Gulbenkian Andonian’s latest article explains all the changes that have come into effect and what you need to look out for as an employee or employer in the UK.

National Minimum Wage has increased

As of April 1st 2019, the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates increased. They are now:

  • Workers aged 25 and over: £8.21 (National Living Wage)
  • Workers aged 21-24: £7.70
  • Workers aged 18-20: £6.15
  • Workers aged 16-17: £4.35
  • Apprentices: £3.90.


As of 6 April 2019, all employees will have the right to be given an “itemised payslip” or “itemised pay statement” and will have the ability to enforce this right in an employment tribunal. Moreover, those who work varied hours and whose pay changes depending on the number of hours worked MUST be given an itemised payslip that will show:

  • The total number of hours they have worked, or
  • The itemised hourly figures for the different types of work they have carried forth and/or the different rates of pay for this work.

Increases to statutory redundancy payments and unfair dismissal awards

From 6 April 2019, new increased compensation limits for employment tribunal awards will come into force. Here is what will change:

  • The maximum amount of a week’s pay has increased from £508 to £525
  • The maximum amount of a basic award for unfair dismissal and a statutory redundancy payment has increased from  £14,670 to £15,240
  • The maximum amount of an unfair dismissal compensatory award has increased from £83,682 to £86,444
  • The maximum financial penalty for aggravated breach of a worker’s employment rights has increased from £5,000 to £20,000

Increases to sick pay and payments for family-related leave

  • As of April 6th 2019, the weekly rate of statutory sick pay will increase to £94.25
  • As of April 7th 2019, the weekly rates of statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay, statutory adoption pay and statutory shared parental pay will increase to £148.68
  • As of April 8th 2019, the weekly rate of maternity allowance will increase to £148.68

Auto-enrolment contributions

As of April 2019, minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions increase for employers from 2% to now 3% and also for employees from 3% to 5%.

Gender pay gap reporting

As of 4th April 2019, organisations with 250 or more employees will have to publish their gender pay gap figures again on 4 April 2019 (30 March 2019 for public sector employers).

Access to work

  • As of April 1st 2019, those who are disabled or have physical or mental health issues will be able to claim up to £59,200 annually through the Access to Work scheme to help pay for additional support that they may need in the workplace.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the most recent changes to UK employment law contact a member of our legal team today at info@gulbenkian.co.uk or call 020 7269 9590.

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