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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

Compulsory gender pay differences

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

Dec 2016

Trade Union Bill

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.
Protection of NHS whistleblowers when applying for NHS jobs

A new law to ensure that whistleblowers in the NHS are not discriminated against in recruitment by employers when applying for NHS roles because of having made a protected disclosure.

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 Living Wage

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

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

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£3.40
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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