We highlight the key changes that you should look out for below, along with links to our recent ebriefings relating to these changes.

Increases to National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage will increase from 1 April 2017 as follows:

25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18

Apprentice
£7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05

£3.50

General Data Protection Regulation

Although the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will not come into force until May 2018, the scope of the changes means that preparing for the GDPR will be high priority for employers in 2017.

Gender pay gap reporting

Private, voluntary and public-sector organisations, with 250 employees or more,will be required to publish gender pay gap information for the first time by no later than April 2018.

Trade union balloting changes

Certain provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 are now in force, but there are some important changes that employers might have missed.

Apprenticeship levy

Employers with an annual payroll of more than £3 million will be required to pay a 0.5% levy on their total pay bill starting on 6 April 2017.

Salary-sacrifice schemes

Employers may need to reconsider their benefit offerings, as tax savings through many salary-sacrifice schemes will be abolished from 6 April 2017.

For further information

If you require support regarding employment changes in 2017 please contact Anna Dabek.

The spread of necrotising fasciitis
The spread of necrotising fasciitis

Necrotising Fasciitis, more commonly known as the ‘flesh-eating disease’, is a significant medical condition that requires urgent treatment.

Richard Handley Inquest
Richard Handley Inquest

Many of us who have been following the unfolding Inquest, are not surprised that the Coroner found gross and significant failures on the part of those caring for him.

Recovery of fire safety costs from leaseholders
Recovery of fire safety costs from leaseholders

In all the action to remove defective cladding, leaseholders have been the elephant in the room. Whilst social landlords might have adopted a wait and see approach private landlords do not have that luxury.

Transforming Business
Transforming Business

We welcome the Labour Party’s commitment to doubling the size of the co-operative economy. We wholeheartedly support the ambition to grow this vitally important part of the economy.

Converting to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Converting to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation

It was first referred to in the Charities Act 2006 (which was subsequently replaced by the Charities Act 2011) but it has finally been announced that charitable companies are able to convert to a charitable incorporated organisation (“CIO”).

Impact of Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill
Impact of Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill

The Private Members Bill Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19 now has Government support and was debated at second reading on Friday 19 January 2018.