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Employment Law

Employment law is changing all the time, it is extremely important for employers to keep up to date with these changes to ensure they are kept legal. We offer both Employment Law Training and Employment Law Advice to help you ensure that you are aware of the latest Employment Legislation.

Employment Legislation

Employment Legislation is relevant to all organisations no matter how large or small. This page contains key updates that you will need to consider as an employer.

Law Updates

EU Trade Secrets Directive comes into force

The EU Trade Secrets Directive introduces an EU-wide definition of “trade secret” and provides protections against the unlawful acquisition, use or disclosure of a trade secret.

EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force

The EU General Data Protection Regulation replaces the current Data Protection Directive

Mid-2018

 

 

25 May 2018

Annual mandatory gender pay gap reporting introduced

Annual gender pay gap reporting requirement introduced for employers in the private and voluntary sectors with 250 or more employees to publish the differences in pay and bonuses between male and female employees.

4 April 2018
Changes to tax treatment of termination payments introduced

Employers will be liable to pay national insurance contributions on termination payments above £30,000.

6 April 2018
Apprenticeship levy on large employers

An apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their wage bill to be paid by all large employers in all sectors to fund apprenticeships.

6 April 2017
Salary threshold for tier 2 migrant workers increases to £30,000

Salary threshold for sponsoring workers under tier 2 of the points-based system increases to £30,000 by April 2017.

April 2017
Pension Schemes Bill introduces new pension protections

The Pension Schemes Bill introduces the Government’s pension proposals intended to strengthen pension protection.

To be confirmed
New law to protect whistleblowers when applying for jobs in children’s social care sector

The Children and Social Work Bill includes a provision that provides protection for whistleblowers when applying for jobs in children’s social care sector.

To be confirmed
Immigration Act 2016: immigration skills charge on tier 2 visas takes effect

Immigration skills charge introduced, so that employers that employ migrant workers under tier 2 of the points-based system will be subject to a levy of £1,000 per certificate of sponsorship per year.

April 2017
Caste added as an aspect of race under Equality Act 2010

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 prescribes that the Government must add “caste” to the definition of “race” under the Equality Act 2010.

To be confirmed
Tax-free childcare scheme comes into force

Families where both parents work and each parent earns less than £100,000 per year are eligible to receive 20% of their yearly childcare costs.

Early 2017
Changes to the rate of the national minimum wage and the national living wage aligned

Future changes to the hourly rate of the national minimum wage and the national living wage will take place at the same time in April each year.

April 2017
National minimum wage rate for workers rises

The national minimum wage rises on 1 April 2017.

1 April 2017
New rate of statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay comes into force

The rate of statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay and statutory adoption pay increases. Statutory shared parental pay is also set at the same level.

2 April 2017
Employers’ duties under gender pay gap reporting commence

Employers with 250 or more employees in the private and voluntary sectors are required to calculate their gender pay gap and bonus pay gap calculated from pay information using the employer’s usual pay period in which 5 April falls.

5 April 2017
Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 comes into force

Local health boards and NHS trusts in Wales are required to have regard to the importance of providing a sufficient number of nurses to care for patients sensitively.

To be confirmed
Changes to income tax allowances and thresholds come into force

The Finance Act 2016 increases the personal income tax allowance to £11,500, and the higher rate tax threshold to £45,000.

6 April 2017
Lower earnings limit for national insurance contributions increases

The lower earnings limit for primary Class 1 national insurance contributions increases for 2017/18 to £113 per week.

6 April 2017
Statutory sick pay rate of £89.35 per week comes into force

The weekly rate of statutory sick pay rises to £89.35 for 2017/18.

6 April 2017
 New law on ballot voting thresholds for unions to take strike action

The Trade Union Act reforms the rules on trade union ballots for taking industrial action.

 

1 March 2017

Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order 2016 comes into force

The order specifies the revaluation percentages for the purpose of the revaluation on or after 1 January 2017 of benefits under occupational pension schemes.

I January 2017
Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 comes into force

The Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 sets out the framework to make changes to whistleblowing legislation and introduce mandatory pre-claim conciliation and gender pay gap reporting in Northern Ireland.

To be confirmed
New law to protect NHS whistleblowers when applying for NHS jobs

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 includes a provision that provides increased protection for NHS whistleblowers.

To be confirmed
Measures to support small businesses contained in the Enterprise Act 2016

The Enterprise Act 2016 introduces new measures to support small businesses and introduces a cap on redundancy payments to public sector workers.

To be confirmed
Income tax personal allowance to be linked to national minimum wage

Future rates of income tax personal allowance will ensure that workers on the national minimum wage working 30 hours a week will not pay income tax.

To be confirmed
Immigration Act 2016 introduces powers to curb illegal working

The Immigration Act 2016 includes measures to tackle illegal working and to reduce Britain’s reliance on migrant workers.

To be confirmed
Public-sector exit payments repayable

The draft Repayment of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2016 provide that employees in the public sector with annual earnings of £80,000 or more repay exit payments where they return to work in the public sector within one year of leaving.

To be confirmed
Public-sector exit payments capped

The draft Public Sector Exit Payment Regulations 2016 provide that exit payments to public-sector workers are capped at £95,000.

To be confirmed
Requirement for employers to report annually on whistleblowing claims introduced

New requirement for employers that are “prescribed persons” to report annually on whistleblowing claims.

To be confirmed
The Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) (Amendment No.3) Regulations 2016 come into force

Voluntary payrolling extended to enable employers to payroll non-cash vouchers and credit tokens provided to employees.

Scotland bans smoking in private cars carrying a person aged under 18

A ban on smoking in private cars carrying a child aged under 18 comes into force in Scotland on 5 December 2016.

19 December 2016

 

5 December 2016

Act of Sederunt (Fitness Assessment Tribunal Rules) 2016 comes into force

The Act of Sederunt (Fitness Assessment Tribunal Rules) 2016 provides the process for investigating the fitness of a member of the Scottish tribunals.

1 December 2016
Immigration Act 2016: employers that employ illegal workers face business closure

Employers that employ foreign workers illegally face temporary or continued closure.

1 December 2016
Tax relief for employee-shareholder agreements abolished

Income tax reliefs and capital gains tax exemption will no longer be available on any shares acquired in consideration of an employee-shareholder agreement.

1 December 2016
Upper age limit for jury service raised

The upper age limit for people in England and Wales to sit as jurors increases from 70 to 75.

1 December 2016
Increase to salary threshold for tier 2 migrant workers to £25,000

The minimum salary threshold for tier 2 migrant workers increases to £25,000.

24 November 2016
Immigration Act 2016: English-language requirement for customer-facing workers in the public sector

Customer-facing workers in the public sector must speak fluent English.

21 November 2016
Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Electromagnetic Fields) Regulations 2016 come into force

These Regulations implement for the maritime sector minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to risks arising from electromagnetic fields.

21 November 2016
Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) (Amendment) Order 2016 comes into force

The Order amends the list of prescribed persons to whom workers may make a protected disclosure.

1 November 2016
Employers’ Duties (Implementation) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 come into force

The Regulations amend the scheduled dates for the planned increases in the minimum level of contributions for pensions auto-enrolment.

1 October 2016
National minimum wage rate for workers aged at least 21 but under 25 rises

The national minimum wage increases in line with the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations.

1 October 2016
New whistleblowing rules for financial sector introduced

New rules on whistleblowing for financial sector introduced, including a requirement to appoint a whistleblowers’ champion and for all UK-based staff and their managers to receive appropriate training on blowing the whistle.

7 September 2016
School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Order 2016 comes into force

The order provides for changes to the pay and conditions of school teachers in England and Wales.

1 September 2016
Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 comes into force

The order enables the Construction Industry Training Board to impose a levy on employers in the construction industry for the purpose of funding the board.

31 August 2016
Schools with religious character

The Designation of Schools Having a Religious Character (Independent Schools) (England) (No. 2) Order 2016 lists schools that can take into account religious considerations for employment decisions.

24 August 2016
Reinstatement of requirement for employers to report business travel expenses to HMRC

The Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) (Amendment No.2) Regulations 2016 reinstate the requirement for employers to report business travel expenses to HM Revenue and Customs on form P11D.

8 August 2016
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2016 comes into force

The Order amends the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (SI 1975/1023).

4 August 2016
Fair Employment (Specification of Public Authorities) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 comes into force

The order amends the Fair Employment (Specification of Public Authorities) Order (Northern Ireland) 2004 (SI 2004/494), which specifies persons or bodies as public authorities for certain purposes under part VII of the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (SI 1998/3162).

1 August 2016
Immigration Act 2016: illegal working offences and new search and seizure powers take effect

The Immigration Act 2016 (Commencement No.1) Regulations 2016 implement several provisions in the Immigration Act 2016.

12 July 2016
Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016 come into force

The Regulations implement the Electromagnetic Fields Directive (2013/35/EU).

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