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05 February 2019

2019 employment law changes for pest management companies to be aware of

We’ve pulled together several changes to employment law in 2019 that will affect many pest management companies that employ any staff.

Take a quick look through the changes to make sure you’re ready!  

Chnaged to employment law for 2019

National minimum wage rate is increasing

From 1 April 2019, the so-called national living wage and other national minimum wage rates are set to increase.

25+ NLW rate

£8.21

21-24 NMW rate

£7.70

18-20 NMW rate

£6.15

16-17 NMW rate

£4.35

Apprentice rate

£3.90

Extended itemised pay statement to workers

From 6 April 2019, workers will have a right to itemised pay statements in the same way employees do.

A worker is anyone who does work for your company but does not have an employment contract and is not a self-employed independent contractor.

Where a worker’s pay varies depending on when they’ve worked, you must include on the itemised pay statement the number of hours worked for which variable pay is received.

Increased statutory sick and family pay rates

On 6 April 2019, the weekly rate for statutory sick pay is increasing to £94.25.

On 7 April 2019, the weekly amount for family pay will increase to £148.68 for 2019-20. The rate applies to statutory payments for maternity pay and allowance, adoption pay, paternity pay and shared parental pay.

NEXT YEAR: Parental bereavement leave and pay

It has been confirmed that the government intends to introduce a right for bereaved parents to take paid time off work.

The new right will come into effect from April 2020, however, we’d recommend reviewing your bereavement/compassionate leave policy now.

The right is expected to mean bereaved parents will be able to take two weeks off paid with statutory parental bereavement pay (either as two separate weeks or one two-week period).  

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