Employment law update
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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 law||Launch 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.
Trade Union Bill
The Bill will introduce a number of proposed changes.
|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.
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.
|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.
|Shared Parental Leave for grandparents|
Shared Parental Leave is to be extended to allow grandparents to take time off work to help with childcare.
Statutory pay rates timetable
|Payment type||Amount||Review date|
|Statutory Maternity/Paternity/Adoption and Shared Parental Pay||£139.58||1 April 2015|
|No change||1 April 2016|
|National Living Wage||£7.20||1 April 2016|
|National Minimum Wage|
|Workers aged 21 and over||£6.70||October 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||£6.95||October 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||£475||6 April 2015|
|£479||6 April 2016|
|Limit of guarantee pay||£26||6 April 2015|
|Statutory sick pay||£88.45||6 April 2015|
|No change||1 April 2016|
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