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.

21 November 2016

National minimum wage rate for workers aged at least 21 but under 25 rises

The national minimum wage increases in line with the Low Pay Commission's recommendations.

1 October 2016

Immigration Act 2016: illegal working offences and new search and seizure powers take effect

The Immigration Act 2016 (Commencement No.1) Regulations 2016 implement several provisions in the Immigration Act 2016.

12 July 2016

Measures to support small businesses contained in the Enterprise Act 2016

The Enterprise Act 2016 introduces new measures to support small businesses.

4 May 2016

Regulations on mandatory gender pay gap reporting introduced

Employers are required to publish information showing gender pay differences.

6 April 2016

Employment tribunal award limits amended

Limits applying to various tribunal awards and other amounts payable under employment legislation are amended.

6 April 2016

New compulsory "living wage" introduced

National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 introduce the new national living wage of £7.20 as the new single hourly rate for adults aged 25 years or older.

1 April 2016

Industrial tribunal award limits amended in Northern Ireland

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 (SR 2016/37) increases the limits applying to various industrial tribunal awards and other amounts payable under employment legislation.

14 February 2016

New law to enforce exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts

The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 enforce the ban on exclusivity clauses to provide protection for zero hours contract workers.

11 January 2016

Anti-slavery statements introduced

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Commencement No.3 and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1816) bring into force s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

29 October 2015

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