6 UK Employment Law Changes taking place in 2018

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The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will update and harmonise data protection law across the EU. Businesses will need to audit and review their existing data policy.   The GDPR is effective from 25th May 2018.


Initial agreement has been announced protecting the rights of EU Citizens who currently live in the UK to remain here to live, work and study following Brexit.
  Nonetheless, those employers that rely on a large inflow of European workers are still awaiting confirmation of immigration arrangements following our withdrawal from the EU.

 

From 6th April 2018, taxation of termination payments – that is all payments that are in lieu of notice must be treated as remuneration and so subject to tax and NI contributions.  Previously, employers could offer an employee a tax-free payment in lieu of their notice period where there was no contractual right to make a payment in lieu of notice.

 

National Living Wage for employees aged 25 and over will increase to £7.83 per hour from 1st April 2018.  Other rate increases are as follows:
21 to 24 is £7.38; 18 to 20 is £5.90; Under 18 is £4.20 and Apprentice is £3.70.

 

Statutory family pay rates including maternity pay, adoption pay, paternity pay, shared parental and maternity allowance will increase to £145.18 from 1st April 2018.

 

Private and voluntary sector employers with 250 or more staff are required to publish their first gender pay gap report.  They are required to submit pay data from 2016/17 including differences in mean/media pay, mean/media bonus between their male and female staff.