The Government has introduced several new changes in employment law in 2017. Here we summarise the latest employment law changes and legal updates
Employment legislation changes in 2017
Trade Union Act
The Act reforms the rules on trade union ballots for taking industrial action. The main provisions of the Act are :
– 50% turnout threshold for there to be a valid ballot on industrial action.
– Threshold of 40% support from all members in order to take industrial action in key sectors.
– Four month time limit for which the ballot will remain valid to authorise industrial action.
Employers with a wage bill of more than £3 million per year will be liable to pay a new apprenticeship levy. The levy will apply to all industry sectors, in both the public- and private-sector, for the purpose of raising money to meet the cost of apprenticeship schemes across the UK.
Gender pay gap reporting
To address the gender pay gap, the Government is introducing a completely new requirement for all large organisations to publish their gender pay gap. Employers will need to publish key wage information, and these details will need to include the difference in hourly earnings as well as the gap in bonus pay.
National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage
Increases in hourly rates of pay for both the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Details in the table below.
Future changes for both will take place in April of each year.
Statutory payments – April 2017
Lower Earnings Threshold
National Living Wage
National Minimum Wage
Workers aged 21-24
Workers aged 18-20
Workers ages 16-17
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