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Employment Update for Small Businesses
March 2024

Dear Subscriber

We previously reported a whole raft of employment law changes that are due to take effect in April (see our January newsletter) – including the new Carer’s Leave, and updates to Paternity Leave, Flexible Working, etc. In addition, there are a number of changes to statutory rates coming our way next month. Read on for all the details.
Please contact me if you would like to find out a bit more about any of the subjects raised in this update or if you need any help or advice.

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Peter Etherington
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New Statutory Rates
Taking effect from April 2024
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will increase from £109.40 to £116.75 per week from 6th April. SSP only applies after the first 3 consecutive days of sickness absence, so anyone sick for odd days or for 3 days or fewer, receives no pay unless they have a contractual right to sick pay.

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) will increase from £172.48 to £184.03 per week from 7th April. Don’t forget, however, that for the first 6 weeks of maternity leave SMP is paid at the rate of 90% of normal pay.

Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay and Statutory Shared Parental Pay, are all paid at the same rate as SMP and will also go up to the same level (£184.03 per week) from 7th April.

Cap on a week’s pay. This cap is applied to a week’s pay when calculating statutory redundancy pay. Currently it is £643 but will go up to £700 from 6th April.

Statutory Guarantee Pay is going up from £35 per day to £38 per day from 6th April. This is payable for the first 5 days of lay off from work. Don’t forget that you need the contractual right to lay staff off from work – please contact us for more information.

National Minimum and Living Wage
From 1st April 2024, the minimum wage bands are increasing and changing:

  • to £11.44 per hour for workers aged 21 and over (from £10.42 for 23 and over and from £10.18 for 21 and 22 year olds)
  • to £8.60 per hour (from £7.49) for workers aged 18 to 20
  • to £6.40 per hour (from £5.28) for workers aged 16 and 17; and for apprentices under 19 and those over 19 in their first year*

*N.B. Apprentices over 19 and who have completed at least one year are entitled to the appropriate rate for their age.


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