New guidance about additional information required on payslips

14 December 2018

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a small guide to help provide clarification on what actions employers will need to take regarding their payslips for pay periods beginning on or after 6 April 2019.

The guidance specifically relates to legislation that comes in to force from 6 April 2019 that requires employers to show on the payslip the number of hours worked by the employee for which they are being paid, but only in situations where the employee’s pay varies as a consequence of the time worked during the pay reference period.

The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) Order 2018 was laid before parliament on 8 February 2018 and comes into force on 6 April 2019.

The minimal guidance runs to 7 pages and includes a small number of examples that aim to demonstrate the simplistic approach intended by this legislation.

  • Example 1: A salaried worker with no variable pay

  • Example 2: A salaried worker with additional variable pay

  • Example 3: A worker paid by the hour

  • Example 4: A worker paid by the hour with additional pay for unsociable hours

  • Example 5: Term time workers

  • Example 6: Day rate workers

  • Example 7: A salaried worker takes unpaid leave

  • Example 8: An hourly worker on statutory sick pay


CIPP comment

We are disappointed that this guidance does not include more of the detailed, complex scenarios cited by stakeholders, and we fear this will lead to confusion amongst employers, however, we continue to be in discussions with BEIS regarding the detail. As ever, we welcome any comments to policy via email.