Employment law timeline 2018 – 2019

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

28 November 2017

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.
  • April 2018
    New statutory rates
    SSP to increase to £92.05 per week and SMP, SSP, 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
    Taxation of termination payments
    All notice pay to be treated as earnings and subject to tax and national insurance contributions (subject to finalised Finance Bill).
  • 25 May 2018
    General Data Protection Regulation
    To replace existing data protection laws.
  • June 2018
    EU Trade Secrets Directive
    To 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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