Here, our Partner in Employment Law, Zee Hussain sets out a round up of these changes. The table below has been prepared to help employers better understand the upcoming changes and their potential impact.
Further consideration of tribunal fees is expected in 2016. Permission to appeal to the Supreme Court has been sought in the case of R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor. In the meantime, the outcomes of the government review of employment tribunal fees and the Justice Committee inquiry into tribunal fees are awaited.
|Jan 2016||Zero hours contracts||Ban on exclusivity clauses to provide protection for zero hours contract workers|
|Mar 2016||Regulatory references||Financial sector employers to obtain and provide specific disclosures in relation to employment references for specified roles|
|TBC (2016)||Gender pay gap||Employers required to publish information showing whether or not there are differences in gender pay|
|April 2016||The National Living Wage||Introduction of a compulsory National Living Wage (£7.20 per hour) for all working people aged 25 and over|
|April 2016||Exit payments||Public sector employees earning £80,000 p.a. or more to repay exit payments where they return to work in the public sector within one year of leaving|
|April 2016||Family friendly rights||Statutory maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption pay frozen at £139.58 per week|
|April 2016||Statutory sick pay||The weekly rate of statutory sick pay to remain at £88.45|
|April 2016||Income tax threshold||Income tax personal allowance increase to £11,000|
|April 2016||State Pension Regulations||New state pension for people reaching state pension age on or after 6 April 2016|
|April 2016||Employer NICs||Employer NICs for apprentices under the age of 25 abolished|
|2017||Childcare||Working families earning less that £150,000 per year to receive 20% of their yearly childcare costs (up to £2,000 for each child) or £4,000 if the child is disabled|
|2018||Shared Parental Leave||Shared Parental Leave is to be extended to allow grandparents to take time off work to help with childcare|