UK: New statutory benefit and minimum wage rates confirmed

The national minimum wage increases have been confirmed: the hourly rate for those aged 25 or over will be £7.50 from April 2017. The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that, from April 2017, statutory sick pay will increase to £89.35 per week and the flat rate statutory maternity/paternity/shared parental pay rate will be … Read more

UK: Breastfeeding at work – employers may need to adjust employee hours

Employers should ensure that employees who are breastfeeding are able to express milk at work sufficiently regularly to avoid medical problems (in accordance with medical advice), in a private, clean environment with the ability to store the milk safely. If this is not possible given the employee's role, suitable alternative work or paid suspension should … Read more

UK: New publications – EHRC Pregnancy and Maternity Pledge

The EHRC has launched a new Working Forward initiative to support pregnancy and maternity rights, asking employers to sign up to an EHRC pledge to make the best working environment they can for pregnant women and new mums, to include sharing knowledge, experience and good practice. Read more

India: Amendments to maternity benefit

Enhancements to maternity benefits in India under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 (the Act) have been in the spotlight for some time. Calls for such enhancements have culminated in the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (the Bill), which has now received assent from the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India's parliament. Read more

UK: Consultation on changes to taxation of salary sacrifice

HMRC is consulting until 19 October 2016 on restricting the use of salary sacrifice for the provision of benefits in kind with effect from April 2017. As previously announced, employer pension contributions, employer-provided pension advice, employer-supported childcare, provision of workplace nurseries, and cycles and cyclists' safety equipment provided under the cycle to work scheme will be … Read more

UK: Budget 2016 – key announcements for employment law

The 2016 Budget delivered by the Chancellor on 16 March includes the following: From April 2018, the Government will tighten the scope of the income tax exemption for payments on termination of employment "to prevent manipulation" and will also align the rules so employer National Insurance contributions are due on those payments above £30,000 that … Read more