Employment law timeline 2019

The key dates for employment law reform that employers, HR professionals and in-house employment lawyers need to know.

29 March 2019

Employment law timeline 2019-2020

  • 1 January 2019

    Employee engagement and pay ratio reporting 

    UK listed companies with over 250 UK employees to report annually on stakeholder and employee engagement and CEO/average worker pay ratio for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019.

  • 21 January 2019

    Opening of EU Settlement Scheme 

    Opening of EU Settlement Scheme to accept applications from EU citizens and their family members to remain in the UK after Brexit.

  • 30 March 2019

    Gender pay gap reporting for public sector employers 

    Public sector employers to report before this date (with a snapshot date of 31 March 2018).

  • 1 April 2019

    National Living Wage 

    National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over will increase to £8.21 per hour. The national minimum wage (NMW) rates to increase:

    • from £7.38 to £7.70 for 21 to 24 year olds
    • from £5.90 to £6.15 for 18 to 20 year olds
    • from £4.20 to £4.35 for 16 and 17 year olds
    • from £3.70 to £3.90 for apprentices.
  • 4 April 2019

    Gender pay gap reporting for private sector employers 

    Private sector employers to report before this date (with a snapshot date of 5 April 2018).

  • 6 April 2019

    Itemised payslips 

    Employers must provide all workers with an itemised payslip and state the number of hours being paid on the payslip, where wages vary according to time worked.

  • 6 April 2019

    Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

    SSP to increase to £94.25.

  • 6 April 2019
    A week's pay

    The maximum amount for a week’s pay (used to calculate statutory redundancy payments) increases to £525 per week (from £508 per week). This increase is of particular relevance to those making redundancies on or after 6 April 2019.

  • 6 April 2019
    Maximum compensatory award

    The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases to £86,444 (from £83,682) where the effective date of termination is on or after 6 April 2019.

  • 7 April 2019

    New statutory rates 

    Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) to increase to £148.68. 

  • April 2019

    Apprenticeship levy 

    Employers may transfer up to 25 per cent of their apprenticeship levy to support apprentices in their supply chain. 

  • 9 December 2019

    Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) 

    SMCR comes into force for all FCA-regulated firms.

Key contact

Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Partner

  • Head of Employment
  • TUPE: Business Transfers and Outsourcing
  • Restructuring and Redundancy

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