n this update, we have focussed on the headline governance and regulatory issues that are facing RPs at this time. as we all deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
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|
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.
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.
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 law surrounding organ donation has changed. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill came into effect on 20 May 2020 and has implemented an opt-out system for organ donation.
Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
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