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Employment Guide - April 2022

Our Employment team has updated its annual factsheet for employers.

In light of the past year of uncertainty, it is now more important than ever to remember the basics affecting employment law. New statutory rates come into force in April 2022, they include increases to the limits on a week’s pay for the purposes of calculating redundancy payments, sick pay, maternity, paternity and other family-friendly rates of pay and rises to the national minimum wage. Our Employment team has produced a key factsheet for employers, detailing everything you need to know about these new figures.

With effect from 6 April 2022, the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise to £93,878 (from £89,493).

The limit on a week’s pay will rise to £571 (from £544) for the purposes of calculating the basic award for unfair dismissal and redundancy payments, meaning the maximum basic award for unfair dismissal and redundancy payments will rise to £17,130 (from £16,320). 

From 3 April 2022 maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and parental bereavement pay will rise to £156.66 (from £151.97) per week. 

The lower earnings limit threshold will rise to £123 (from £120).

Statutory sick pay will rise to £99.35 (from £96.35) with effect from 6 April 2022.

The National Minimum Wage increases  from 1 April 2022 will be as follows:

Category of worker

Hourly rate

Aged 23 and above (national living wage rate)


Aged 21 to 22 inclusive


Aged 18 to 20 inclusive


Aged under 18 (but above compulsory school leaving age)


Apprentices aged under 19


Apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship


Please click here to download the guide.

Should you have any queries on the above or require any employment related advice, please contact Helen Crossland at or on 020 7725 8034 or Fiona Mendel at or on 020 7725 8033.

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