WorkerCurrent rateRate from 1 April 2022
Age 23 and over (National Living Wage)£8.91£9.50
Age 21 and 22£8.36£9.18
Age 18to 20£6.56£6.83
Apprentice rate£4.30£4.81

April 2022 will also see an increase in the statutory weekly rates of pay for family-related leave and sickness absences:

Current rateRate from 11 April 2022
Statutory maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental leave pay£151.97£156.66
Statutory sick pay (SSP)£96.35£99.35

4. Employment Bill

Back in December 2019, a new Employment Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech but it has yet to be published and was notably absent from the May 2021 Queen’s Speech. The Government has since indicated that the Bill will be forthcoming “when parliamentary time allows”.

It is anticipated that the Employment Bill will be published at some point in 2022, although there is no confirmed timescale for the reforms to take effect. It is likely to include the following measures.

5. Workplace sexual harassment

On 21 July 2021, the Government published its response to the consultation on workplace sexual harassment, which was launched in July 2019.

The consultation response confirms that the Government will introduce a duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment and new protections from third-party harassment, “when parliamentary time allows”. It is also “looking closely” at whether to extend the time limits for bringing any claim under the Equality Act 2010 from the current three months to six months.

It has yet to be confirmed when this new duty is likely to take effect; draft legislation to implement the new duty has not yet been published, but is anticipated in 2022. A new statutory code of practice will be published to support the duty to prevent sexual harassment, along with accessible guidance for employers.

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