Employment law timeline 2020: key updates for employers

Key dates in employment law that employers, HR professionals and in-house employment lawyers need to know

11 March 2020

Employment Timeline 2020

  • 1 April 2020

    National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over increases to £8.72 per hour. The national minimum wage (NMW) increases:

    • from £7.70 to £8.20 for 21 to 24 year olds
    • from £6.15 to £6.45 for 18 to 20 year olds
    • from £4.35 to £4.55 for 16 and 17 year olds
    • from £3.90 to £4.15 for apprentices
  • 5 April 2020

    New statutory rates

    Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) increases to £151.20
  • 6 April 2020

    Statutory sick pay (SSP)

    SSP increases to £95.85

  • 6 April 2020

    A week’s pay

    The maximum amount of a week’s pay (used to calculate statutory redundancy payments) increases to £538

  • 6 April 2020

    Maximum compensatory award 

    The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases to £88,519 (from £86,444) where the effective date of termination is on or after 6 April 2020

  • 6 April 2020

    Termination payments

    Termination payments above £30,000 to be subject to employers’ national insurance (Class 1A NICs)

     
  • 6 April 2020

    Right to a written statement

    All workers entitled to receive a written statement of terms on or before the first day of employment. Written statements to include additional particulars of employment

    Link to briefing

  • 6 April 2020

    Information and consultation

    Reduction of threshold to request information and consultation arrangements

     
  • 6 April 2020

    Agency workers

    Abolition of the Swedish derogation relating to pay for agency workers

    Employment businesses/agencies to provide agency workers with a Key Information Document setting out key facts at the start of an assignment

     
  • 6 April 2020

    Holiday pay

    Increase in holiday pay reference period from 12 weeks to 52 weeks

  • April 2020

    Parental bereavement leave

    Right to parental bereavement leave and pay comes into force

  • 30 July 2020

    Posted workers

    Revised Posted Workers Directive set to be transposed into national law

  • 31 December 2020

    Free movement

    Free movement of EU workers due to end

This timeline sets out the key employment law changes expected to take place in 2020 but is subject to change given the current political climate.

Key contact

Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Partner

  • Head of Employment
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