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As well as ushering in some very welcome sunshine, April brings us a number of changes in employment law. Here is a quick summary to ensure you're up to speed. Further detail can be found in our relevant blog pieces highlighted:

1. New National Minimum wage rates apply from 1 April. There will also be increases in statutory family-related pay and sick pay.

2. Off-Payroll working in the public sector applies to payments made on or after 6 April. The Employment Status Service tool can be found on the Government's website (here).

3. Gender pay gap reporting requirements came into force on 6 April. The government and Acas have published revised guidance which can be found here.

4. New compensation limits will apply to dismissals or other detriments occurring on or after 6 April.

5. Tax advantages for certain salary-sacrifice benefits will be restricted for arrangements entered into on or after 6 April (the Government's policy paper on this can be found here). Sacrifices relating to pensions, childcare, cycle to work and ultra low car emission benefits remain unaffected.

6. A new apprenticeship levy of 0.5% to fund apprenticeship training comes into effect on 6 April for employers with an annual payroll bill of more than £3 million.

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