Employment Law April 2013 changes

Michael Shroot, head of Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall, advises on new employment law changes that came into effect in April this year.

If you are an employer, there are several changes to employment law that you must be aware of. These reforms came into play in April and are as follows:
  1. Statutory sick pay increased from £85.85 to £86.70 from Saturday 6th April.
  2. Statutory maternity and paternity pay increased from £135.45 to £136.78 per week from Sunday 7th April.
  3. Collective redundancies and the consultation period to be reduced from 90 days to 45 days. This came into force from 6th April and is for situations where 100 or more employees are to be made redundant.
  4. Employers will, from 6th April, have to report PAYE deductions in real time to HM Revenue and Customs. Instead of informing HMRC of deductions at the end of the year, employers will now have to notify them before or at the time of paying that employee.
Other changes came into force on 6th April including; changes to income tax rates, national minimum wage rates are to be changed soon and limits for national insurance contributions.