Employment law timeline 2018 – 2019

The key dates for employment law reform that employers, HR professionals and in-house employment lawyers need to know.

22 March 2018

Employment law changes 2018

  • 30 March 2018
    Gender pay gap reporting for public sector employers

    Public sector employers must publish first reports before this date (with a snapshot date of 31 March 2017).

  • 1 April 2018
    National Living Wage

    National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over will increase to £7.83 per hour. The national minimum wage (NMW) rates will increase:

    • from £7.05 to £7.38 for 21 to 24 year olds
    • from £5.60 to £5.90 for 18 to 20 year olds
    • from £4.05 to £4.20 for 16 and 17 year olds
    • from £3.50 to £3.70 for apprentices.
  • 1 April 2018
    New statutory rates

    SMP, SPP, ShPP and SAP to increase to £145.18 per week.

  • 4 April 2018
    Gender pay gap reporting for private sector employers

    Private sector employers must publish first reports before this date (with a snapshot date of 5 April 2017).

  • 6 April 2018
    Statutory sick pay

    SSP to increase to £92.05 per week.

  • 6 April 2018
    Taxation of termination payments

    Changes to the way in which termination payments are taxed come into force from 6 April 2018.

    New rules will apply to any termination of employment that takes place on or after 6 April 2018 whereby all notice pay is to be treated as earnings and subject to tax and national insurance contributions – irrespective of whether or not there is a pay in lieu of notice clause (PILON) in the employment contract.

    For these purposes, the amount of notice pay may need to be calculated pursuant to a specific formula set out in statute, so it may not be as straightforward as operating a contractual PILON. For a termination of employment that takes place before 6 April 2018 the old rules will apply (even if the termination payment is paid after this date).

  • 6 April 2018
    A week's pay

    The maximum amount for a week’s pay (used to calculate statutory redundancy payments) will increase to £508 per week (from £489 per week). This increase is of particular relevance to those making redundancies on or after 6 April 2018.

  • 6 April 2018
    Maximum compensatory award

    The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases to £83,682 (from £80,541) where the effective date of termination is on or after 6 April 2018.

  • 25 May 2018
    General Data Protection Regulation

    To replace existing data protection laws.

  • 9 June 2018
    Trade Secrets

    Trade Secrets (Enforcement etc) Regulations 2018 implement the EU Trade Secrets Directive in the UK and introduce an EU-wide definition of "trade secret" and provide protections against unlawful acquisitions, use or disclosure.

Employment law changes 2019

  • April 2019
    Taxation of termination payments

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

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