Employment Law Changes for 2022

As the new year commences, there are many new employment law changes that are coming into place and it can be difficult to keep on top of it. This blog covers just a few of the most important legislation changes that you will need to know in order to operate successfully in 2022.


National minimum / living wage

We know that this will be changing in April, and you will need to ensure you are aware of important birthdays (as staff may move within pay bands) and the new rates so the changes can be implemented. The 2022 rates will be:

  • 23+ year olds = £9.50
  • 21–22-year-olds = £9.18
  • 18–20-year-olds = £6.83
  • 16–17-year-olds = £4.81
  • Apprentices = £4.81

Similarly, from 3 April 2022, statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental, and parental bereavement pay will increase from £151.97 per week to £156.66 per week.

Statutory sick pay will also increase on 6 April from £96.35 per week to £99.35 per week. The lower earnings limit for eligibility for these payments is also increasing from £120 to £123 per week, for the first time in two years.


Family friendly rights

An Employment Bill was announced in 2019 and is expected to be passed in 2022. This includes:

  • the introduction of statutory neonatal leave and pay for parents of babies requiring neonatal care
  • the extension of the redundancy protection period for employees on maternity leave to up to six months after they return to work
  • the introduction of carer’s leave giving those with caring responsibilities the right to up to one week of unpaid leave per annum from day one of employment


Good work

The Good Work agenda will also see some changes with introductions of new rights for workers with variable hours to:

  • request “a more stable and predictable contract after 26 weeks' service”
  • reasonable notice of working hours and compensation for short-notice shift cancellation

If you are unsure of any changes discussed in this article, or would like to know about other changes not covered here, feel free to email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to help you.