A number of changes to employment rules and regulations came into force with the start of the new financial year on 6 April.

These changes cover a number of areas, from employment tribunals and discrimination, to everyday areas such as auto-enrolment and maternity pay.

The key changes are outlined below:

  • Statutory maternity and paternity pay have increased from £136.78 to £138.18 per week
  • The time period for auto-enrolling workers has increased from 1 month to 6 weeks
  • Employee complaints are now required to submit details to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
  • Employers will now face fines of up to £5,000 if they lose a case at tribunal

The changes are intended to help avoid stress, time delays and excessive costs.