Changes to Employment Law in 2016/2017

Employment law changes which have happened or are expected in 2016/2017

Below is a timeline which details the employment law changes which have happened in 2016, as well as those which are forecast going into 2017. 

2016 January Changes to zero hour contracts This relates to the clauses in zero hour contracts which prohibit workers carrying out work at other organisations whilst employed on a zero hours arrangement
April National Living Wage Applies to all workers aged 25 or over.   The current rate is £7.20 per hour, which is forecast to rise to £9 per hour by 2020
June EU Referendum The effect on Employment Law of Brexit is not yet known, but is an area that may undergo changes in the future
July Changes to Immigration Act Changes to rules around employing illegal immigrants

Easier to prove failure to adhere

New criminal offence, and increased punishment


Other forecast changes include:

–          Visa levy on employers who use foreign labour

–          Requirement for public-facing Public Sector workers to speak fluent English or Welsh

–          A new power to close business premises for 48 hours where illegal immigrants are employed

September Whistleblowing in the Public Sector This will only affect Public Sector employees and will provide further protection for those involved in Whistleblowing cases, as well as further guidance around Whistleblowing
October National Minimum Wage Increase 25 years and over – £7.20

21 -24 years – £6.95

18-20 years – £5.55

16-17 years – £4

Apprentice rate – £3.40

Autumn Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations See below, details under April 2017
Employment Tribunals available on line Tribunal judgements have always been available to the public, but only if collected in person from the Tribunal office. Plans to make these available on line will mean any case, organisations or person will be able to be searched
2017 April Apprentice Levy Will affect companies with payroll of more than £3 million per year
Gender Pay Reporting Regulations Will affect companies with more than 250 staff. Requirement to publish annual statistics on pay, broken down into male / female
September 30 hours free childcare to working families with 3 and 4 year olds Increase from current 15 hours to 30 hours per child (3-4 years) per week

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