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Forthcoming legislation

Employment law dates at a glance
Recent developments
 
This table shows changes that have recently taken place:
 
30 September 2017

Guide date for first annual review of modern slavery statements produced by 30 September 2016

1 October 2017

Updated list of prescribed persons for whistleblowing purposes

1 October 2017

Amendments to list of bodies qualified to supervise certain ballots/elections and list of bodies qualified to conduct a ballot on recognition/derecognition of trade union for collective bargaining

1 October 2017

Technical changes to auto-enrolment for employers whose duties commence from 1 October 2017

10 March 2018

'Check off' restrictions to be applied to certain public authorities

30 March 2018

Gender pay gap reporting date for larger public sector organisations

1 April 2018

Increase to national living/minimum wage rates

1 April 2018

Increase to statutory maternity pay, paternity pay, adoption pay and shared parental pay

4 April 2018

Gender pay gap reporting date for larger private sector organisations

6 April 2018

Changes to taxation of payments in lieu of notice

6 April 2018

Increase to statutory rates eg statutory sick pay

6 April 2018

Increase to employment tribunal maximum awards and limits eg statutory guarantee pay

6 April 2018

Auto-enrolment minimum contributions increase; employees contributing 3%, employers contributing 2%

25 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation came into force 

1 October 2018

Right to unpaid time off work to perform public duties is extended to volunteers monitoring custody conditions

4 October 2018

Employer-supported childcare voucher schemes closes to new entrants
December 2018

Immigration Health Surcharge fees to double for visa applicants

18 December 2018 New naming and shaming scheme introduced for organisations who fail to pay tribunal compensation awards
1 January 2019

Requirement to annually report the pay ratio between CEOs and average employees introduced for listed organisations with more than 250 employees

30 March 2019

EU Settlement Scheme fully opens

1 April 2019

Increase to national living/minimum wage rates

1 April 2019

Changes to apprenticeships take effect including reduction in co-investment from 10% to 5% and levy payers can share up to 25% of funds

6 April 2019

Auto-enrolment minimum contributions increase; employees contributing 5%, employers contributing 3%

6 April 2019

Increase to Statutory Sick Pay takes effect

6 April 2019

New right for workers to receive a pay slip introduced

6 April 2019

Requirement to include number of hours worked on payslips where pay varies according to time worked comes in to force

6 April 2019

Increase to maximum employment tribunal penalty for aggravated breach, up to £20,000

7 April 2019

Increase to Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave Pay take effect
 
 
Forthcoming changes
 
This table shows forthcoming changes. See the forthcoming legislation in-depth page for more information on these new statutes and amendments.
 

31 October 2019

Date the UK is expected to leave the European Union

April 2020

Paid parental bereavement leave expected to be introduced

6 April 2020

Changes to taxation of termination payments

6 April 2020

New law prohibiting use of Swedish derogation agency contracts takes effect
6 April 2020

New law lowering the threshold required for information and consultation requests takes effect

6 April 2020

New day-one right to a written statement of main terms and conditions for workers and employees comes into force

6 April 2020

Amendments to mandatory information required within a statement of main terms and conditions comes into force

6 April 2020

New law extending the holiday pay reference period to 52 weeks takes effect
6 April 2020

New law requiring employment businesses to provide all agency workers with a Key Information Document takes effect

30 April 2020

Deadline for agency workers on Swedish derogation agency contracts to be provided with an explanatory statement

30 December 2020

EU Settlement Scheme closes to applicants

1 January 2021

New immigration scheme comes into force for all applicants regardless of nationality
Mid-2020s

Reforms to automatic enrolment to be introduced

To be confirmed

New law introducing right for all workers to request a more predictable and stable contract after 26 weeks' service to be introduced

To be confirmed

New law to increase break in continuous employment from one week to four weeks to be introduced

To be confirmed

New law preventing deductions from 'tips' to be introduced

To be confirmed

New legislation to clarify employment status tests to be introduced

To be confirmed

New law introducing tribunal sanctions where organisations commit repeated breaches to be introduced

To be confirmed

Extension of shared parental leave to grandparents