Things were travelling fast last year. In the prolonged deluge of Covid-19 information, significant laws that came into force in April 2020 may have slipped by or down the priority list. This article serves as a quick reminder for employers of the main new employment laws that came in 2020, so you can make sure you have these covered. For what’s changing in April 2021, our latest article explains the Employment law updates 2021, important changes for employers.
This article does not include the Covid specific laws and guidance, read our Covid-19 Planning for Employers article that covers the latest on these. The CJRS furlough scheme operates under UK employment law and is now extended to September 30 2021. Read our full article on the latest guidance on CJRS furloughing and flexible furlough.
Employment Law updates April 2020
The Government introduced a raft of workplace reforms that cracked down on employment practices 2020, as a result of its ‘Good Work Plan’ following the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.
Here is what you need to know:
From 6th April 2020:
- Employers will need to issue all new workers and employees with a written Statement of Employment Particulars from day one. Employers will have to include certain additional information in the Statement of Particulars, such as: length of time job is expected to last, the notice period, eligibility for sick leave and pay, other rights to leave, and probationary period, all pay and benefits and specific days and times of work.
Review existing contracts of employment as a priority if you haven’t already done so, to include the required changes.
- Employers will need to change the way they calculate holiday pay for certain workers, taking into account average wages in the previous 12 months, and including bonuses, regular overtime and commission payments. Previously holiday pay was calculated as an average of the previous 12 weeks wages.
- Agency workers will have the right to be paid the same as permanent staff, once the agency worker has been engaged by the same employer in the same role for 12 weeks.
- Parental Bereavement Leave Regulations come into force, allowing Parents the right to 2 week paid time off work if they have a child under the age of 18 that dies.
As we’ve said, please make sure you are up to speed and actioning these in your business, alongside the latest Employment Law changes for 2021. If you need advice on the employment law updates that have come into force in 2020 and 2021, and how these affect your business, please get in touch. Our details are below.