Summaries of forthcoming and recently implemented legislation, with effective dates.

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Immigration Act 2016: English-language requirement for customer-facing workers in the public sector

Customer-facing workers in the public sector must speak fluent English.

Autumn 2016

Public-sector exit payments repayable

The draft Repayment of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2016 provide that employees in the public sector with annual earnings of £80,000 or more repay exit payments where they return to work in the public sector within one year of leaving.

To be confirmed

Public-sector exit payments capped

The draft Public Sector Exit Payment Regulations 2016 provide that exit payments to public-sector workers are capped at £95,000.

To be confirmed

New law on ballot voting thresholds for unions to take strike action

The Trade Union Act reforms the rules on trade union ballots for taking industrial action.

To be confirmed

Measures to support small businesses contained in the Enterprise Act 2016

The Enterprise Act 2016 introduces new measures to support small businesses and introduces a cap on redundancy payments to public sector workers.

To be confirmed

Employers' duties under gender pay gap reporting commence

Employers with 250 or more employees in the private and voluntary sectors are required to calculate their gender pay gap and bonus pay gap calculated from pay information using the employer's usual pay period in which 5 April falls.

5 April 2017

Apprenticeship levy on large employers

An apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their wage bill to be paid by all large employers in all sectors to fund apprenticeships.

6 April 2017

Changes to income tax allowances and thresholds come into force

The Finance Act 2016 increases the personal income tax allowance to £11,500, and the higher rate tax threshold to £45,000.

6 April 2017

Annual mandatory gender pay gap reporting introduced

Annual gender pay gap reporting requirement introduced for employers in the private and voluntary sectors with 250 or more employees to publish the differences in pay and bonuses between male and female employees.

4 April 2018

Changes to tax treatment of termination payments introduced

Employers will be liable to pay national insurance contributions on termination payments above £30,000.

April 2018

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