2020 rates for SMP, SPP, ShPP, SAP and SSP released

10 January 2020

The Government has published the proposed statutory rates for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), which come into effect on 5 April 2020, the first Sunday in April. The rate is set to increase from £148.68 to £151.20 per week.

Early years survey of parents published

10 January 2020

The Department for Education has published its annual Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents which reveals that 76% of under-fives in England used childcare in 2019, equating to 1.9 million children.

Minimum wage non-compliance on the rise

9 January 2020

After falling consistently between 1999 and 2015, failure to pay the minimum wage is increasing, and fines for those underpaying are too low, according to new research by an independent think tank, the Resolution Foundation.

Workers warned to check holiday dates

3 January 2020

Anyone looking to get away in the spring and thinking that the early May bank holiday would be ideal for a long weekend needs to think again this year as the Government has decided to move it from its usual first Monday in May spot.

NHS issues advice on norovirus

3 January 2020

The NHS is warning of the sharp rise in norovirus cases this year and the impact it is having on hospitals and other services.

What can employers expect in the New Year

2 January 2020

As we mentioned in our review of December’s Queen’s Speech (see Queen sets out the Prime Minister’s plans ), the Government did not set out its plans for the forthcoming sessions of parliament in any great detail.