Employment Law Changes


The Government has announced several proposed changes to employment law. It has also launched a number of consultations on further proposed changes.

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.

Tribunal Fees

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.

Upcoming Proposed Changes to Employment Law

Jan 2016Zero hours contractsBan on exclusivity clauses to provide protection for zero hours contract workers
Mar 2016Regulatory referencesFinancial sector employers to obtain and provide specific disclosures in relation to employment references for specified roles
TBC (2016)Gender pay gapEmployers required to publish information showing whether or not there are differences in gender pay
April 2016The National Living WageIntroduction of a compulsory National Living Wage (£7.20 per hour) for all working people aged 25 and over
April 2016Exit paymentsPublic 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 2016Family friendly rightsStatutory maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption pay frozen at £139.58 per week
April 2016Statutory sick payThe weekly rate of statutory sick pay to remain at £88.45
April 2016Income tax thresholdIncome tax personal allowance increase to £11,000
April 2016State Pension RegulationsNew state pension for people reaching state pension age on or after 6 April 2016
April 2016Employer NICsEmployer NICs for apprentices under the age of 25 abolished
2017ChildcareWorking 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
2018Shared Parental LeaveShared Parental Leave is to be extended to allow grandparents to take time off work to help with childcare

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