As part of keeping you in our focus, our ‘legal lightbulb’ update ensures you’re on top of the latest changes in legislation, case law, and people trends.
Right to work checks reminder
From today, you must carry out an online right to work check for those holding Biometric Residence Cards and Permits or a Frontier Worker Permit. It will no longer be possible to carry out manual checks. Here’s more detail in our previous update.
Increase to SSP and more
From 11 April 2022 weekly statutory rates/limits will increase for:
- Sick pay – from £96.35 to £99.35 per week
- Parental bereavement pay – from £151.97 to £156.66 per week
- Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay – from £151.97 to £156.66 per week (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate).
Disability reporting consultation
The consultation is looking for responses on improving transparency and reporting practices to help build a more inclusive working environment. You have until 08 April to have your say here.
Ethnicity pay gap reporting
The government has confirmed they will not be legislating for mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting “at this stage” to avoid increasing reporting burdens on businesses as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. This summer, new guidance is expected to provide support for employers wanting to report voluntarily.
People diary dates
May 01-31 – National Walking Month: can you get those steps in?
May 09-15 – Mental Health Awareness Week: focussing on reducing loneliness and creating connections
May 21 – World Meditation Day: finding the right tools to be healthier and happier