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2019 Employment Law predictions

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​The uncertainty of recent months means we can rarely predict what is going to happen. However, our Employment team have put together a list of what you need to look for in 2019:

  1. Immigration law changes. When (if) the UK leaves the EU, the right to freedom of movement will end. Whilst the government has introduced a scheme whereby EU workers already in the UK will be able to apply for ‘settled status’, enabling them to reside in the UK indefinitely, it is likely that the employment of EU workers will be under the same restrictions as the employment of other foreign workers.
  2. Executive pay reporting. The Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 states that several companies will be required to report the salary and benefits ratio between the CEO (or equivalent) and employees. The requirement applies to financial years beginning on or after 1st January 2019 – you can read more about it HERE.
  3. Itemised pay statements. As of 6th April 2019, workers will be entitled to an itemised pay statement. Where a member of staff’s pay varies according to their time worked, the employer will be required to include the total number of hours worked for which variable pay is received.
  4. Publication of a second gender pay gap report. Employers with 250 or more employees must report their percentage gender pay gap annually. The deadlines for submission will be on 30th March for the public sector, or 4th April for the private and voluntary sectors.
  5. National minimum wage increases. The national living wage is due to increase to £8.21 per hour from 1st April 2019. Hourly rates will be at a rate of £7.70 for workers aged between 21 and 25, £6.15 for workers aged between 18 and 21 - and £4.35 for those aged under 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age. The hourly apprentice rate will increase to £3.90 per hour, and the daily accommodation offset will increase to £7.55.
  6. Increase in statutory family and sick pay rates. The weekly amount for statutory family pay rates is expected to increase to £148.68 in 2019/2020. This rate will apply to maternity pay and allowance, adoption pay, paternity pay, and shared parental pay. The weekly rate for statutory sick pay is expected to increase to £94.25 from 6th April 2019.


This is for information purposes only and is no substitute for, and should not be interpreted as, legal advice.  All content was correct at the time of publishing and we cannot be held responsible for any changes that may invalidate this article.