13 March 2017

With so many crucial changes set to impact our industry in April and May 2017, the NHF has outlined the latest updates on Statutory Maternity Pay and alcohol purchasing so that salon and barbershop business owners can get ahead.

Statutory Maternity Pay

The Government has confirmed that the statutory rates for maternity pay will rise to £140.98 from 2 April 2017. Currently, the weekly rate of statutory maternity pay is £139.58, or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate.

Changes for businesses selling alcohol

Additionally, the NHF is warning hair and beauty salon businesses of the changes that will affect those who sell alcohol to clients. From 1 April 2017, owners will need to ensure that UK wholesalers they buy alcohol from have been approved by HMRC under the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS). They will need to check the wholesaler’s Unique Registration Number (URN) against the HMRC online database which will be available from April 2017.

You can view our recent blog for further information on the licences you need when serving alcohol in your salon or barbershop

Comment from the NHF

The NHF’s CEO, Hilary Hall comments: “So many women work in our industry, making it crucial to pay staff on maternity leave the correct rate. Additionally, more and more salons and barbershops choose to serve alcohol to enhance their clients’ experience, and now need to review where they’re buying from.
2017 is an impactful year, especially during the months of April and May, which is why we're urging salon and barbershop owners to take note of the changes that will affect their business."

For further information on Statutory Maternity Pay, visit: https://www.gov.uk/maternity-pay-leave/pay

For further information on buying alcohol, visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-alcohol-wholesaler-registration-scheme-awrs