Employment Law

31 January 2020


The following changes will take effect from 1st April 2020:

National Minimum Wage

As of 1st April 2020, the hourly rate for adult workers will increase to:
•    Aged 25 and over increases from £8.21 to £8.71
•    Aged 21 and under 25 increases from £7.70 to £8.20
•    Aged 18 and under 21 increases from £6.15 to £6.45
•    Aged 16 and 17 rises from £4.35 to £4.55
•    Apprentice rates rise from £3.90 to £4.15

Parental bereavement leave rights

Parental bereavement leave will be introduced from April 2020. Employed parents will have a right to 2 weeks leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Employers with a minimum of 26 weeks continuous service will be entitled to statutory paid leave.

Increase in holiday reference period from 12 weeks to 52 weeks

From April, the holiday pay reference period (for determining an average weeks pay) will increase from 12 weeks to 52 weeks. This will apply to workers with no normal working hours, or those with normal working hours but whose pay varies with the amount of work done, or the time work is done.

Written statement of particulars

It is a legal requirement for an employer to record the main terms of an employment contract in writing setting out, but not limited to, specified terms that are central to the employment, including on pay, hours and holiday.

From 6 April 2020 this right has been extended to workers, not just employees. All workers will be entitled to a statement, rather than just employees regardless of the length of engagement.

For further information, please contact the HR team on 0141 352 7435 or alternatively, email hr@evh.org.uk