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Ultimate Round Up of 2020 Employment Law Changes

We know you’re busy so we’ve put together this quick round up of the key changes that boards and senior executives need to be ready for this year.

What? Written statement of terms

When? April 2020

In brief: All workers will be entitled to a written statement of terms, which must be provided on or before the day they join the business. Previously this only applied to employees. The terms must include extra detail about working patterns and training.

What? Holiday pay calculation period

When?  April 2020

In brief: Calculations will need to take into account a 52 week reference period rather than the current 12 week period. The aim is to make it easier to assess holiday pay fairly for those working irregular hours.

What? Key Information Document – Agency workers

When? April 2020

In brief: Agency workers will need to be provided with a Key Information Document detailing their contract type, minimum rate of pay, how they will be paid and by whom.

What? IR35

When? April 2020

In brief: We have written about this previously and employers should continue to prepare for changes that will make them responsible for determining the employment status of contractors.  Read more here

What? Leave and Pay Act

When? April 2020

In brief: Changes will give employees the right to a period of time off work following the death of a child under the age of 18 or a stillbirth. This leave will be paid  if the employee has  been with the company for 26 weeks or more and unpaid leave if they have been employed for a shorter period of time.

What? Employment status for non-UK workers

When? Expected 2021

In brief: With the EU Withdrawal Bill having now passed through Parliament, employers are preparing for changes to employment law in relation to non UK residents. It is expected that a new Australian-style points-based immigration system will be introduced next year meaning that EU citizens will face the same immigration controls as non-EU citizens. Employers should contact non UK workers now to advise them to apply for settled or pre-settled status in advance of the changes.

What? Shared parental leave pay

When? Ruling expected in 2020

In brief: The Supreme Court is expected to rule this year whether it is discriminatory for male employees on shared parental leave to be paid less than female employees on maternity leave.

What? Termination payments

When? April 2020

In brief: Currently, many termination payments up to £30,000 are tax exempt and payments over this amount are subject to tax but not to National Insurance. From April, Class 1A NIC liability will apply to payments over £30,000.