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

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Impending deadlines Implementation date

National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2014 come into force

The draft Regulations prescribe that a person working under a "Trailblazer Apprenticeship" is to be treated as employed under a contract of apprenticeship for the purpose of qualifying for the national minimum wage.

To be confirmed

National minimum wage legislation simplified

National minimum wage legislation is consolidated into a single piece of legislation.

To be confirmed

"Rapid resolution" scheme introduced

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 introduces the concept of "legal officers", who may determine specified types of employment tribunal claims if all parties to a dispute consent in writing.

To be confirmed

Caste added as an aspect of race under Equality Act 2010

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 prescribes that the Government must add "caste" to the definition of "race" under the Equality Act 2010.

To be confirmed

Deregulation Bill comes into force

The Deregulation Bill removes the power of employment tribunals to make wider recommendations in discrimination cases from the Equality Act 2010.

To be confirmed

Upper age limit for jury service raised

The upper age limit for people in England and Wales to sit as jurors increases from 70 to 75.

To be confirmed

Part 4 of the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013 comes into force

Part 4 of the Act relates to the conduct of persons working in the financial services sector.

To be confirmed

Modern Slavery Bill comes into force

The Modern Slavery Bill is introduced, simplifying and codifying the law on modern slavery.

To be confirmed

Vicarious liability under the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 comes into force

Under the Act, an employer commits a "relevant offence" where a person commits such an offence while acting as its employee or agent.

To be confirmed

Pensions Act 2011 (Transitional, Consequential and Supplementary Provisions) Regulations 2014 come into force

The Regulations implement part 4 of the Pensions Act 2011 and make transitional, consequential and supplementary provisions to support its commencement.

To be confirmed

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