April 2022 HR and employment law changes
A brief reminder of the employment law and HR-related changes taking effect in April 2022.
- Minimum wage: from 1 April, the National Living Wage (for workers aged 25+) increases to £9.50 per hour. Other minimum wage rates will also increase. See NMW rates from April 2022.
- Statutory rates: from 6 April, the maximum unfair dismissal compensatory award increases to £93,878 and the limit on a week’s pay used to calculate certain statutory payments rises to £571. See Increase in compensation limits from April 2022. From 3 April, statutory maternity, adoption, shared parental, paternity and parental bereavement pay increase to £156.66 per week and SSP rises to £99.35 per week. See Statutory parental, bereavement and SSP payments from April 2022.
- Vento bands: from 6 April, the minimum and maximum awards for injury to feelings in discrimination claims increase. See Injury to feelings awards – updated Vento guidelines.
- Illegal working: from 6 April, two updated codes of practice concerning the prevention of illegal working come into effect. See Illegal working: updated codes.
- PPE: from 6 April 2022, employers will have to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers, as well as employees, who may be exposed to health and safety risks at work. See PPE for ‘workers’ as well as employees.
- Right to work: from 6 April, holders of biometric residence permits will only be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK by using the Home Office online service. See Right-to-work checks from April 2022.