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Springing Forward – Important Changes for Employers in April 2019

1st April 2019 by Robin Watson

Categories: Employment News
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There are two key changes which employers need to be aware of that will be in force from April 2019.

The first is that the annual rise to statutory employment pay, such as National Minimum Wage, sick and maternity pay come into force. See the rates HERE.

The second is that all workers and employees must receive a payslip and in some circumstances, show the hours worked. This is important as previously, it was only employees who had such a right. Guidance is HERE.

These changes are not only complicated, but risky if ignored or missed as claims can follow.

If you would like any advice on these changes, please contact Robin Watson on, who specialises in Employment Law,  and he will be happy to advise further on what they mean for you and how to implement the changes.




Robin Watson

Partner — Employment and Immigration

Direct dial: 01202 755202
Switchboard: 01202 755980


“Cocowai is a wholesale and online retail cashmere company. We recently contacted Robin Watson at Laceys Solicitors to help and advise us with producing an employment contract, and subsequently for advice on other employment issues. Robin has been extremely helpful and efficient throughout the whole - from our initial meeting, through to further telephone conversations and subsequent emails. I have been impressed by Robin's consideration of our "type" and "size" of company, whilst advising on what kind of contract we needed for our business. ”

Frances Macaulay, COCOWAI

Robin studied law at the University of Southampton before achieving Distinction in a postgraduate law diploma at Bournemouth University in 2011 and being awarded the Dorset Magistrates’ Association Excellence in Advocacy Award.

Robin qualified as a solicitor with Laceys in 2011, and is now one of Laceys partners, specialising in employment law and advising on Human Resources. Robin also has an interest in Immigration for employers and individuals as well as Court of Protection advice.

With Employment matters, he advises employers, HR Directors and managers on all aspects of complex employment law and day-to-day HR issues.

Robin regularly advises on TUPE when clients are buying or selling a business or in relation to tenders. Robin also represents clients during Employment Tribunal proceedings. Robin’s clients range from small local start-ups to large national businesses.

Robin has a Higher Rights of Audience, which after a period of training and assessment, entitles him to appear in all courts in England and Wales in civil law cases. Without this qualification, solicitors can only appear in the County Court.

Away from work Robin enjoys cycling, cooking and eating. Lately, Robin has (again) started sketching and is trying to convince himself that he has a talent!

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