Employment Law

Important UK Employment Law Changes In April 2019

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:


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:

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:

Increases to sick pay and payments for family-related leave

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

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