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For employment law and HR practitioners sping and autumn are particularly busy periods because this is typically when a host of employment law changes are introduced each year, and this spring is no exception.
We outline below the key changes to employment law that employers need to be ready for this April.
The new National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates from 1 April 2017 will be:
In addition to the new NMW rates, the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board has agreed the following changes in agricultural wage rates which also come into effect as from 1st April 2017:
From 6 April the statutory rates change as follows:
The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/172) will come into force on 6 April 2017. The first gender pay gap reports for large private and voluntary sector employers will be due by 4 April 2018. Separate requiremenswill be introduced for public sector employers.
The apprenticeship levy, which requires all UK employers in both the private and public sectors which have annual wage bills of more than £3 million to pay 0.5% of their annual wage bill towards the cost of apprenticeship training comes into force on 6 April 2017. This replaces the current system, enabling employers to choose and pay for the apprenticeship training they want.
On 9 March 2017, HM Treasury made commencement regulations which bring into force the penalty provisions for errors in apprenticeship levy returns. Error penalties will also come into force on 6 April 2017.
From 7 April 2017 an immigration skills charge of £1000 for each sponsored employee per year is payable by sponsors of Tier 2 migrants. It is reduced to £364 a year for smaller employers and charities.
If you are unsure about how these changes to employment law might affect your business, or simply want to check your company's compliance generally, Contact Us and we will undertake full review of your current arrangements and provide you with our findings and recommendations.