We reported last month on all the statutory changes due in April and our retained clients have received their handy pocket-sized Employment Law Fact Card to refer to.
However, where applicable, employees affected by the relevant changes should be written to, in particular:
Minimum wage increases
Hot on the heels of nearly 180 employers being ‘named and shamed’ for underpaying staff, the increases to minimum pay rates took effect from 1 April, as previously advised – for the latest rates click here
Failure to apply these rates correctly could lead to enforcement action and being named and shamed, both of which are not exactly ideal!
Alongside wages, employers will be responsible for increasing the minimum auto-enrolment contributions they pay towards workers’ pensions. From 6 April, employers will have to contribute 2% (up from 1%) and employees have to contribute a minimum of 3% (also up from 1%). The minimum contributions will increase again from April 2019.
These increases are a legal requirement; a failure to increase contributions appropriately could lead to a daily fine and being publicly named for non-compliance.
So, don’t forget to notify any staff affected by these changes and keep a copy of the communication on their personnel file.