Employment law timeline 2017 – 2018

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

23 March 2017

Employment law changes 2017

  • 1 March 2017

    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.

  • 1 April 2017

    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.

  • 2 April 2017

    New statutory maternity pay rates
    SMP, SAP, SPP, SHPP to increase to £140.98 per week.

  • 6 April 2017
    Statutory sick pay rates
    SSP to increase to £89.35 per week.
  • 6 April 2017
    New statutory compensation limits
    A week's pay will increase to £489 per week and the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will increase to £80,541, where the appropriate date is on or after 6 April 2017.
  • 6 April 2017
    Off-payroll working in the public sector
    Public authorities who engage individuals through intermediaries (such as personal services companies) will become responsible for determining whether IR35 applies and whether tax and national insurance deductions should be made.
  • 6 April 2017

    Apprenticeship levy
    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.

  • 6 April 2017

    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).

  • April 2017

    Salary-sacrifice schemes
    Tax savings on certain salary sacrifice and benefits in kind to be abolished.

  • April 2017

    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.

  • June 2017

    Public sector exit payments
    A cap of £95,000 on exit payments and clawback provisions expected to come into force.

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).
  • April 2018
    Taxation of termination payments
    All notice pay to be taxable and employers to be liable to pay employer's national insurance contributions on termination payments above £30,000 (subject to finalised Finance Bill).
  • 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).
  • 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.

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