Forthcoming legislative changes in Employment Law
1 October 2016
Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016
These Regulations will require employers with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap.
Childcare Payments Act 2017
This introduces a new tax-free childcare scheme to support eligible parents with childcare costs.
Apprenticeship levy (to be included in the Finance Bill 2016)
A levy will be introduced on large employers to help fund three million new apprenticeships. The levy will support all post-16 apprenticeships in England, and will provide funding that each employer can use to meet their individual needs.
Waiting for Royal Assent to become an Act of Parliament
Childcare Bill 2015–2016
The Bill will require the Secretary of State to make available free childcare for 30 hours for 38 weeks of each year, for qualifying children of working parents in England who are under compulsory school age. This will double the amount of free childcare that is currently available.
Report stage began on 16 March 2016
Trade Union Bill 2015–2016
On 15 July 2015, the government published a new Trade Union Bill 2015–16 (the ‘Bill’) proposing amendments to the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
Bill has been introduced to the House of Lords, which is in the process of considering Commons amendments
Enterprise Bill 2015–2016
The key proposals relevant to employment practitioners in the Bill are:
the introduction of a £95,000 cap on exit payments made to public sector workers to end six-figure payoffs;
regulating the use of the word ‘apprenticeship’ to cover only government-accredited schemes and increasing the number of public sector apprenticeships offered.
Immigration Bill 2015–2016
The Bill contains proposals to curb illegal working and prevent the exploitation of migrant workers by strengthening enforcement and imposing tougher penalties on employers of illegal migrants and on illegal migrants themselves.
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