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Employment law update

Acas are the employment relations experts and a trusted source of advice for employers, employees, Government and others.

The Government has announced several proposed changes to employment law. It has also launched a number of consultations on further proposed changes. A round up of these changes is listed below to help people understand them and their potential impact.

Employment Law updates timetable

Proposed changes to employment lawLaunch date

Managing sickness absence

A health and work assessment and advisory service is to be introduced, offering free occupational health assistance for employees, employers and GPs. The service can provide an occupational health assessment after four weeks of sickness absence. Further information is available from GOV.UK - Fit for Work guidance.

Roll out during 2016

The National Living Wage

The introduction of a compulsory National Living Wage in April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over will be set at £7.20 per hour.

1 April 2016
Statutory Maternity, Paternity Adoption and Shared Parental Pay

The Statutory pay rates have been frozen, and will remain at the same rate of £139.58 per week.

3 April 2016
Change to the income tax person allowance

The personal allowance increases to £11,000 and the higher rate tax threshold increases to £43,000.

6 April 2016
Compulsory gender pay differences

Employers will be required to publish whether or not there are differences in gender pay.

TBC 2016
Tax-free childcare scheme

Families where both parents work and each earns less that £150,000 per year will be eligible to receive 20% of their yearly childcare costs of up to £2,000 for each child or £4,000 if the child is disabled.

TBC 2017
Shared Parental Leave for grandparents

Shared Parental Leave is to be extended to allow grandparents to take time off work to help with childcare.

During 2018

Statutory pay rates timetable

Payment typeAmountReview date
Statutory Maternity/Paternity/Adoption and Shared Parental Pay£139.581 April 2015
No change1 April 2016
National Living Wage£7.201 April 2016
National Minimum Wage
Workers aged 21 and over£6.70October 2015
Workers aged 18-20£5.30
Workers ages 16-17£3.87
Apprentices under 19, and in first year of the apprenticeship£3.30
Workers aged 21 and over£6.95October 2016
Workers aged 18-20£5.55
Workers ages 16-17£4.00
Apprentices under 19, and in first year of the apprenticeship£3.14
Limit on a week's Pay for calculating redundancy and unfair dismissal basic award£4756 April 2015
£4796 April 2016
Limit of guarantee pay£266 April 2015
Statutory sick pay£88.456 April 2015
No change1 April 2016

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