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April 2022 Employment Law update…

Date Added 18.03.22

April 2022 is fast approaching and with it, are the usual updates to employment law. So, what do you need to know?

Gender Pay Gap Report

Employers with a headcount of more than 250 staff must report the average earnings difference between men and women at their organisation. The trigger date for this, is known as the “snapshot date” and is essentially where the headcount figure as at either 31 March for public sector employers, or 5 April for private sector companies and charities in each year, is at 250 or more.

If you met that threshold on the relevant snapshot date in 2021, then your organisation has until either 30 March 2022 (for public sector employers), or 4 April 2022 (for private sector companies and charities) to complete their Gender Pay Cap Report for the 2021/2022 round of gender pay cap reporting. The report can be submitted online through the UK Government’s website: Report your gender pay gap data – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Failure to comply would mean that your organisation will be formally investigated and if found to be breaking the law, would be required to immediately publish the data and could result in court action and a fine.

Increases to Pay Rates

National Minimum Wage

From 1 April 2022, the National Minimum Wage rates are going up. They will be increased as follows:

  • £8.91 to £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over (the national living wage);
  • £8.36 to £9.18 for workers aged 21 or 22;
  • £6.56 to £6.83 for workers aged 18 to 20;
  • £4.62 to £4.81 for workers aged under 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age; and
  • £4.30 to £4.81 for apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of the apprenticeship.

Statutory Pay

From 3 April 2022:

  • Statutory maternity pay is increasing to £156.66 from £151.97;
  • Statutory paternity pay is increasing to £156.66 from £151.97;
  • Statutory adoption pay is increasing to £156.66 from £151.97;
  • Statutory shared parental pay is increasing to £156.66 from £151.97; and
  • Statutory bereavement pay is increasing to £156.66 from £151.97.

From 6 April 2022:

  • Statutory sick pay is increasing to £99.35 from £96.35; and
  • Statutory redundancy pay is increasing to £571 from £541.

All employers should review their pay rates, to make sure that they are compliant with these changes.

Right to Work Checks

From 6 April 2022, some right to work checks can only be carried out online. These relate to individuals who have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card, a Biometric Residence Card (BRC), or a Frontier Worker Permit (FWP).

If you have a question or would like further information regarding these employment law changes and how they may impact your business… Talk to Tollers on 01604 258558. Our Employment team is on hand to assist you with all you need to know. We’re here for you.

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