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.

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

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

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

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

New law to protect whistleblowers when applying for jobs in children's social care sector

The Children and Social Work Bill includes a provision that provides protection for whistleblowers when applying for jobs in children's social care sector.

To be confirmed

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