Every April we're showered with a raft of amended employment laws and deadlines to meet.  
 
Important issues in April 2019 include changes to the law on payslips and the usual increases to the national minimum wage, maternity pay and redundancy payments.  
 
Large employers should also be working on their second gender pay gap report and their latest modern slavery statement.  
 
Meanwhile, the impact of Brexit on EEA nationals continues to be a major issue. 
 
Here are 5 top tips for you to consider at the start of the new tax year... 
Make sure your payslips are updated 
 
Two important changes to the rules on payslips come into force on 6 April 2019. The changes cover payslips for pay periods that begin on or after this date. 
 
Firstly, payslips must include additional information for individuals whose pay varies depending on the number of hours that they have worked. Where an individual's pay varies by reference to time worked, the payslip must set out the number of hours paid for on this variable basis. 
 
For example, where a worker has a fixed salary each month, but works variable overtime with additional pay at an hourly rate, the hours of overtime should be shown. The hours can be shown either as a single total of all such hours in the pay period, or can be broken down into separate figures for different types of work or different rates of pay. 
 
Secondly, the right to a payslip is extended to all workers, rather than just employees, for pay periods that begin on or after 6 April 2019. 
 
Pensions Auto Enrolment 
 
From 6 April 2019, the minimum level of employer contribution into a pensions auto-enrolment scheme increases from 2% to 3%, with an increase to the employee contribution from 3% to 5%. The total minimum contribution therefore increases from 5% to 8%. 
 
National Minimum Wage 
 
The national living wage for workers aged 25 and over increases to £8.21 per hour on 1 April 2019. 
 
Other national minimum wage rates also increase, with hourly rates rising to £7.70 for workers aged 21 to 24, to £6.15 for workers aged 18 to 20 and to £4.20 for workers under 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age. 
 
Statutory family-related pay and SSP 
 
The weekly rate of statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay increases to £148.68 for pay weeks commencing on or after 7 April 2019. 
 
The weekly rate of statutory sick pay increases to £94.25 from 6 April 2019. 
 
Income Tax 
 
From 6 April 2019, the personal allowance increases from £11,850 to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold from £46,350 to £50,000. 
 
If you need help with any of these changes, please get in touch... 
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