Employment Law Changes April 2022

1 April 2022 – National Minimum Wage will increase

 The NLW and NMW rates from 1 April 2022 are:

Rate from April 2022

Current rate (April 2021 to March 2022)


National Living Wage




21-22 Year Old Rate




18-20 Year Old Rate




16-17 Year Old Rate




Apprentice Rate




Accommodation Offset





This means that employers will need to check the salaries of their current employees to ensure they meet the new National Minimum and Living Wage requirements.


3 April 2022 - Family friendly payment rates will increase, including SMP, SAP, ShPP, SPP and SPBP

The rate for 2022/23 for statutory maternity (SMP), paternity (SPP), adoption (SAP), parental bereavement (SPBP) and shared parental pay (SShPP) is set to increase from £151.97 to £156.66 per week. Additionally, the rate of statutory sick pay (SSP) is also set to increase from £96.35 to £99.35 per week.

6 April 2022 - The ability to manually check the status of those with a biometric residence card or permit, or frontier work permit, will be removed. From that date, only online checks will be possible. In order to complete these checks, the employer will need the individual's date of birth and right to work share code.

6 April 2022 – SSP increase, National Insurance contributions will increase by 1.25%

6 April 2022 new limit on a week's pay for the purpose of calculating statutory redundancy payments and basic awards - £571 (up from £544)

6 April 2022 a new limit on the amount of compensatory award for unfair dismissal will come into force the old limit being £89,493, the new limit will be £93,878

Please contact our employment team if you would to dicuss any of the new law changes.

Heather Love

Heather Love


Tel: +44 (0) 1483 411516

Office: Godalming Office

Email: h.love@downslaw.co.uk