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This year’s increases in the limits for payments and awards to workers in employment rights cases in Northern Ireland have been confirmed. From 1 April 2021, the national living wage (NLW) will increase to £8.91 per hour and the age at which workers become entitled to it will reduce from age 25 to age 23. In addition, the national minimum (NMW) rate for workers aged 21 and 22 will rise to £8.36 per hour, the NMW rate for workers aged 18 to 20 will rise to £6.56 per hour, the NMW rate for workers aged 16 and 17 will rise to £4.62 per hour, the NMW apprentice rate will rise to £4.30 per hour and the accommodation offset will increase to £8.36 per day. In addition, the time period for which employers must keep NLW/NMW records will increase from three to six years.
From 4 April 2021, the standard weekly rates of statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, parental bereavement and shared parental pay will increase to £151.97.
From 6 April 2021 the following changes occur:-
The increased weekly pay limits are relevant to a number of employment rights including statutory redundancy payments, the basic and compensatory awards for unfair dismissal and the limit on guarantee payments made when employees are not provided with work.
This article has been produced for general information purposes and further advice should be sought from a professional advisor. Please contact our Employment Team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin for further advice or information.