April’s employment rule changes

A round up of the key employment rule changes which came into effect in April 2020

17 April 2020

In addition to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the new rules on Statutory Sick Pay (for more details see here) in response to the current crisis, a number of other employment rule changes came into force this April.

They cover the Employment Allowance (EA), holiday pay and contracts of employment. Here’s a short summary.


Employment Allowance (EA)

Businesses will need to submit a new EA claim each year. EA can only be claimed if your total qualified employers’ (secondary) class 1 NICs liability in the tax year before the year of claim was less than £100,000. Off payroll workers do not count towards that threshold.


Holiday Pay

The mandatory reference period for calculating holiday pay will increase to 52 weeks for staff with variable pay.


Bereaved parents

Bereaved parents will have the right to two weeks of leave and statutory pay following the loss of a child under 18, or a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy.



The UK government has pledged not to weaken workers’ rights in any future UK- EU relationship, although there could be a divergence between EU and UK legislation.


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