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

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The Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) (Amendment No.3) Regulations 2016 come into force

Voluntary payrolling extended to enable employers to payroll non-cash vouchers and credit tokens provided to employees.

19 December 2016

Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order 2016 comes into force

The order specifies the revaluation percentages for the purpose of the revaluation on or after 1 January 2017 of benefits under occupational pension schemes.

I January 2017

New law to protect NHS whistleblowers when applying for NHS jobs

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 includes a provision that provides increased protection for NHS whistleblowers.

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

Income tax personal allowance to be linked to national minimum wage

Future rates of income tax personal allowance will ensure that workers on the national minimum wage working 30 hours a week will not pay income tax.

To be confirmed

Immigration Act 2016 introduces powers to curb illegal working

The Immigration Act 2016 includes measures to tackle illegal working and to reduce Britain's reliance on migrant 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

Requirement for employers to report annually on whistleblowing claims introduced

New requirement for employers that are "prescribed persons" to report annually on whistleblowing claims.

To be confirmed

Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 comes into force

The Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 sets out the framework to make changes to whistleblowing legislation and introduce mandatory pre-claim conciliation and gender pay gap reporting in Northern Ireland.

To be confirmed

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