Trade Union Act 2016
New balloting rules to require turnout of 50% of eligible voters. For “important public services”, 40% of eligible voters must vote in favour.
New national minimum wage and national living wage rates
National living wage for workers aged 25 and over will increase to £7.50 per hour.
New statutory maternity pay rates
SMP, SAP, SPP, SHPP to increase to £140.98 per week.
Employers with a wage bill in excess of £3 million to pay a levy of 0.5% of the employer’s pay bill towards the cost of apprenticeship training.
Gender pay gap information regulations
Regulations come into force for private sector employers (with snapshot date of 5 April 2017 and employers required to publish their first reports by 4 April 2018).
Tax savings on certain salary sacrifice and benefits in kind to be abolished.
New tax-free childcare scheme
New tax-free childcare scheme to be gradually rolled out over 2017 to provide up to £2000 worth of support per child for eligible working parents.
Public sector exit payments
A cap of £95,000 on exit payments and clawback provisions expected to come into force.
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