We look ahead to employment law changes on the horizon for 2021 with key dates for your diary.
1 February 2021 – HMRC will start publishing details of employers’ CJRS claims on gov.uk. The information published will relate to claim periods starting on or after 1 December 2020 and will include the employer’s name and an indication of claim value within a banded range.
26 February 2021 – Public consultation on proposed reforms to restrictive covenants closes. Have your say here.
April 2021 – increases to:
- National Minimum Wage (21-22) – £8.20 to £8.36
- National Minimum Wage (18-20) – £6.45 to £6.56
- National Minimum Wage (under 18) – £4.55 to £4.62
- Apprenticeship Wage – £4.15 to £4.30
- National Living Wage – £8.72 to £8.91 (age of eligibility will be reduced from 25 to 23)
4 April 2021 – the deadline for private companies with 250 employees or more (on the snapshot date 5 April 2020) to publish their gender pay gap report. Reports can be published at any point prior.
4 April 2021 – proposed increase to statutory rates for family friendly leave and statutory sick pay:
- SSP – increase from £95.85 to £96.35
- Maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption and parental bereavement leave – increase from £151.20 to £151.97
6 April 2021 – large employers will be liable for unpaid tax in respect of ‘employed’ contractors hired via a personal service company. Here’s more detail from our latest update.
6 April 2021 – change to the formula for calculating post-employment notice pay. More information here.
30 April 2021 – the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is due to come to an end.
Summer 2021 – the government are expected to publish the report from an independent review of the Human Rights Act 1998 and whether the Act requires reform.
Get in touch if you need to discuss anything covered with our expert employment lawyers.