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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

National Minimum Wage

The national minimum wage increase.

1 Oct 2016

Gender Pay Reporting

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

April 2017

Trade Union Act

The Bill will introduce a number of proposed changes.

  • 50% turnout threshold for there to be a valid ballot on industrial ballot.
  • Threshold of 40% support from all eligible members entitled to vote in order to take industrial action in key sectors.
  • 4 month time limit for which the ballot will remain valid to authorise industrial action.
1 March 2017
Apprenticeship levy

An apprenticeship levy will be imposed on all large employers. Employers will receive an allowance to offset against the payment of the levy.

6 April 2017
National Minimum and National Living Wage

Future changes to the rate of the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage will take place in April each year (see below).

April 2017
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

Statutory Payments Current RateFrom April 2017
Maternity/Paternity/Adoption £139.50£140.98
Sick pay£88.45£89.35
Lower Earnings Threshold£112£113
National Living Wage£7.20£7.50
National Minimum Wage
Workers aged 21-24£6.95£7.05
Workers aged 18-20£5.55£5.60
Workers ages 16-17£4.00£4.05
Apprentice rate£3.40£3.50


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