New annual increases to Employment Tribunal awards and Statutory payments

New annual increases in maximum and minimum employment tribunal awards have been laid before Parliament and are contained in The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2018.

These are due to come into effect on 6 April and are as follows:-

A week’s pay for the purpose of calculating statutory redundancy pay and the unfair dismissal basic award increases from £489 to £508.

The maximum basic award for unfair dismissal and statutory redundancy pay (30 weeks) increases from £14,670 to £15,240.

The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases from £80,541 to £83,682 or a year’s salary whichever is the lower.

The cap on the unfair dismissal compensatory award does not apply where the reason for the dismissal was based on health and safety activities or where the employee has made a protected disclosure (whistle-blowing)

The minimum basic award for unfair dismissal in health and safety, employee representative, trade union and occupational pension trustee cases will increase from £5,970 to £6,203.

Remember too that various statutory payments are scheduled to increase in April 2018:-

Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay and Shared Parental Pay all increase from £140.98 to £145.18.

Statutory Sick Pay will increase from £89.35 to £92.05

Contact Head of Employment Law, Steven Eckett at Meaby&Co for timely advice: seckett@meaby.co.uk or call 0207 703 5034.

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