Happy New Year – 2017 – Planned Employment Law Changes for 2017.
Hope you all had a good festive period and are now all ready for business in 2017?
I have listed below the forthcoming Employment Law Changes for 2017 planned at present and as these happen will be sending out updates to you all so that you are fully aware of how this may affect you and your business.
|6 December 2016 –||Gender pay gap reporting regulations (private sector draft) published|
|1 April 2017 –||National Living Wage rises to £7.50 an hour and NMW rates increase|
|6 April 2017 –||Apprenticeship levy due to take effect.|
|6 April 2017 –||Gender pay gap reporting regulations (private sector) expected to come into force.|
|September 2017 –||30 hours’ free childcare becomes available for 3 and 4-year olds in working families.|
|4 April 2018 –||First gender pay gap reports to be published by organisations with 250 or more employees.|
|April 2018 –||Tax changes to termination payments due to take effect|
Gender Pay Gap Reporting:
This will be the first anticipated change to Employment Law in 2017 – Reporting on gender pay gaps is to become compulsory for private sector and voluntary organisations employing 250 or more people under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the measure enacts Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010).
The Government Equality Office has indicated the enforcement date will be April 2017.
Employers will need to calculate their gender pay gap by looking at mean and median figures for pay among men and women. ‘Pay’ includes holiday pay, maternity pay, shift premiums and so on, and bonuses. The first reports must be published before 30 April 2018 and will focus on the gap as at 30 April 2017. Annual reporting will be required thereafter by 30 April.
The rules are to be rolled out to large employers (250 employees or more) in the public sector by the end of 2016, with a planned commencement date of April 2017, and a requirement to publish the first reports before April 2018, as in the private and voluntary sectors.