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

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Impending deadlines Implementation date

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.

1 March 2017

Regulations on gender pay gap reporting for public sector introduced

Public-sector employers are required to publish information showing gender pay differences.

31 March 2017

National minimum wage rate for workers rises

The national minimum wage rises on 1 April 2017.

1 April 2017

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

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.

6 April 2018

EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force

The EU General Data Protection Regulation replaces the current Data Protection Directive

25 May 2018

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