02 Feb 2017
Below is a list of all upcoming HR/Employment Law related legislation which may affect employers. If you have any questions, or if there are any areas you wish to discuss further, please call our Employment Advisory Team on 0844 561 8107.
|Immigration||Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016||The new statutory instrument of Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 come into force, which EU Council Direction 2004/38/EC into domestic law in relation to the right of EU citizens to move and live freely within WU member||1st February 2017|
|Trade Unions||Trade Union Act 2016||For important public services, draft regulations outlined that for important public services, there is a requirement that 40% support in industrial action ballots are required for strike action to lawfully be taken. This is due to come into effect on 1st March 2017.||1st March 2017|
|Equality||The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities)Regulations 2017||For some public authorities there will be further specific duties imposed, including gender pay reporting requirements||31st March 2017|
|Pensions||Policy Statement PS16/24||For personal pensions, any early exit charges for individuals entitled to access the Governments pension reforms when they are 55 years old will be capped at 1% of the value of the existing contract-based personal pensions, which includes workplace pensions, which have been introduced by rules by the Financial Conduct Authority. For current early exit charges that are set at less than 1% will not be permitted to be increased, and no organisation will be able to apply an early exit charge to personal pensions entered into after the rules take effect.||31st March 2017|
|Pay||National Minimum Wage||The National Minimum Wage hourly rates will change to £7.50 for over 25’s, £7.05 for 21-24 year olds; £5.60 for 18-20 year olds; £4.05 for under 18’s and £3.50 for Apprentices||1st April 2017|
|Statutory maternity and other family payments||Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2017||There will be an increase in the weekly rate of pay for statutory maternity pay, adoption pay and shared parental leave pay to £140.98 respectively The rate for Maternity Allowance will also increase from £139.58 to £140.98 per week||2nd April 2017|
|Statutory sick pay||Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2017||The weekly rate of statutory sick pay will increase to £89.35.||6th April 2017|
|Pay||Social Security (Contributions) (Limits and Thresholds Amendments and National Insurance Funds Payments) Regulations 2017||The weekly earnings limits that apply to primary class 1 National Insurance Contributions’ will increase from £112 to £113 for the lower limit and from £827 to £866 for the upper limit.||6th April 2017|
|Tax||Finance Bill 2016||The personal allowance for tax will rise to £11,500 for 2017/18. The basic rate limit for 2017/18 will be £33,500 and the higher rate threshold will be £45,000.||6th April 2017|
|Apprenticeship||Finance Bill 2016||An apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their wage bill to be paid by all large employers in all sectors to fund apprenticeships from 6th April 2017.||6th April 2017|
|Tax Free Childcare||Draft legislation: The Childcare Payments (Eligibility) Regulations 2015||Working families where both parents work and each parent earns less than £100,000 per year are eligible to receive 20% of their yearly childcare costs.||Early 2017|
|Pensions||Pensions Act 2011 Pensions Act 2007||State retirement age for women become equal to that of men by November 2018. Once retirement age has become equal, the state pension age for both men and women will increase from 65 up to 66 (in 2020), from 66 to 67 and eventually up to 68 years of age by April 2046||Equalisation of the state pension age - November 2018 Increases in the state pension age will occur between 2020-2046|
|Equality||The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013||The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 provides that the Government must add "caste" to the definition of "race" under the Equality Act 2010.||TBC|
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