Upcoming employment law updates for 2018 | Hudson McKenzie

Upcoming employment law updates for 2018

March 12, 2018 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

This year, the UK shall see a lot of employment law updates come into effect, so what exactly are the next upcoming changes for 2018?

30th March and 4th April: Gender pay gap reporting.

On the 30th March, ‘specified public authorities’ such as the government departments, the NHS and state schools will be required to release their first ever gender pay gap reports.

In addition, on the 4th April, all private and voluntary sectors with at least 250 employees will also be required to publish their own gender pay gap reports.

The format of these ‘data snapshots’ will also generally apply from now on under the ‘Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017.

 31st March: ‘Fit for work’ assessment ends.

The ‘fit for work’ assessment scheme was a free information service for employees, in which provided advice upon employment related topics.

However, from the 31st March, employers and employees shall only be able to use the ‘fit for work’ helpline, website and web chat service.

1st April: National Minimum and Living wage increases.

From the 1st April, all workers aged over 25 will now be entitled to £7.83 an hour, with those over 21 years of age entitled to £7.38 an hour.

April 2018: Employment allowance restricted for illegal workers.

From April 2018, all employers will not be able to claim employment allowance for one year if they have employed an illegal worker in which has been penalized by the Home Office.

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Author: Portia Vincent-Kirby