The beginning of a new year marks a fresh start for us all. As an HR professional, you may be thinking of new ways to support and engage your team, or how you can boost wellbeing in your workplace.
In this blog, we’ve put together some key dates for your 2023 HR calendar, helping you plan for the year ahead so you don’t miss any important deadlines or events – including the additional Bank Holiday for the King’s Coronation!
1st April 2023 – National wage increases
The government has announced a 9.7% rise to National Minimum and National Living wages, so it is important to ensure your staff’s wages are increased accordingly.
From 1st April 2023, the National Living Wage will go up from £9.50 to £10.42 and the National Minimum wage will be:
- Age 23 or over – £9.50 rising to £10.42
- Age 21 to 22 – £9.18 rising to £10.18
- Age 18 to 20 – rising from £6.83 to £7.49
- For workers under 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age – rising from £4.81 to £5.28
- Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of the apprenticeship – rising from £4.81 to £5.28.
5th April 2023 – Payroll year end
5th April is a crucial date to add to the 2023 HR calendar for staff specialising in payroll, as it is when the payroll year end occurs for the tax year 2022/23. It is vital businesses submit payroll correctly and on time, or you could risk fines and legal action.
2nd – 6th April 2023 – Changes to statutory family-related pay and sick pay
The government’s Autumn statement revealed increases to the weekly family-related statutory pay for the tax year 2023/2024, which finance teams will need to be on top of.
From 2nd April 2023, the flat weekly rate of statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and parental bereavement pay will increase from £156.66 to £172.48.
From 6th April 2023, the rate of statutory sick pay increases from £99.35 to £109.40 per week.
8th May 2023 – Extra Bank Holiday for the King’s Coronation
With King Charles III’s Coronation taking place on Saturday 6th May, an additional commemorative bank holiday will take place on Monday 8th May. This will be in addition to the usual early and late May bank holidays, on Monday 1st May and Monday 29th May.
Some employees may want to book additional time off around the bank holiday, to get a longer period off using minimal holiday allowance. With HR Planner, you can set minimum staffing levels and highlight clashes before approving any requests for leave.
In instances where staff are required to work the Bank Holiday, our system can also help you manage days off in lieu.
15th May – 21st May 2023 – Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week highlights the importance of mental wellbeing. Championing good mental health can form a positive part of company culture, so you may want to consider running support groups or wellbeing sessions during this week, or sharing helpful information and details to support employees suffering from mental health issues.
1st June – 30th June 2023 – Pride Month
It was revealed that over 76% of people in the LGBTQ+ communities hide their identities at work. HR teams have an important part to play in ensuring inclusivity and providing a supportive environment within the workplace, Pride Month is a great time to show support and celebrate LGBTQ+ culture.
1st October 2023 – Black History Month
1st October is the start of Black History month and is the ideal opportunity for HR teams to ensure positive company cultures, embracing cultural differences and maintaining a positive workplace environment for everyone.
2nd – 6th October 2023 – National Work-Life Week
It’s important to encourage a good work-life balance amongst your staff to prevent stress and burnout. During National Work-Life Week, you could arrange activities to help raise awareness, share useful mental health resources, encourage employees to take regular breaks, or host a group workshop about maintaining good mental health.
Other key dates to consider:
- 16th January 2023 – ‘Brew Monday’ is run by the Samaritans to remind everyone to reach out to each other over a cuppa, to support wellness and mental health. The day is commonly known as ‘Blue Monday’, after being coined the most depressing day of the year, but is now a chance to come together and support each other.
- 1st February 2023 – Chinese New Year, 2023 is the year of the rabbit.
- 2nd February – Time to Talk is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Get involved with the nation’s biggest mental health conversation to promote good mental health and wellbeing.
- 17th February 2023 – Random Acts of Kindness Day – A great way to encourage positivity within the workplace.
- 3rd March 2023 – Employee Appreciation Day – The perfect chance to honour your hardworking employees.
- 8th March 2023 – International Women’s Day – An ideal way to recognise success and support gender equality within the workplace.
- 22nd March – 21st April 2023 – Ramadan – A chance to increase awareness and support Muslim colleagues who are fasting.
- 7th April – World Health Day – Promote fitness and healthy living, perhaps you could do a sponsored team event.
- 20th May 2023 – International Human Resources Day – Recognise your fellow HR staff and the tireless work they do!
- 13th – 17th June 2023 – Loneliness Awareness Week and 30th July – International Friendship Day – A great opportunity to strengthen team connections and relationships within the workplace.
- 6th August – Cycle to Work Day – A chance to promote the benefits of sustainability and getting more active, as well as mention the savings on cycling equipment and accessories that are available to employees who take advantage of the cycle to work scheme.
- 18th – 24th September 2023 – International Happiness at Work Week – To promote staff happiness and long term job satisfaction. Perhaps you could arrange for an inspirational speaker to come in, or look at ways to create a happy environment.
- 1st – 30th November 2023 – ‘Movember’ – Raise awareness for men’s health issues including prostate cancer and depression. It’s also a great opportunity for company-wide sponsorship.
- 2nd – 5th November 2023 – International Stress Awareness Week – Promote health and well-being, as well as suggest ways to prevent burnout.
- 19th November 2023 – International Men’s Day – An ideal opportunity to promote men’s health and wellbeing, and reduce stigmas.
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