April is always a time of change in employment law and this year is no different.
As of 6 April the minimum consultation period reduces from 90 days to 45 days for collective redundancies involving 100 or more employees. The current 30 day consultation period remains where there are 20 to 99 redundancies at one establishment within a 90 day period.
Statutory benefits increase as follows:
- The standard rates for statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay and statutory adoption pay increases from £135.45 to £136.78. The weekly earnings threshold for these payments rises from £107 to £109.
- Statutory sick pay increases from £85.85 to £86.70, with the weekly earnings threshold also rising from £107 to £109.
- Maternity allowance increases from £135.45 to £136.78, with the earnings threshold remaining at £30.
The new rate of statutory sick pay is effective from 6 April 2013 with the rate for the other statutory payments effective from 7 April 2013.