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

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Impending deadlines Implementation date

Increase to salary threshold for tier 2 migrant workers to £25,000

The minimum salary threshold for tier 2 migrant workers increases to £25,000 in autumn 2016, rising to £30,000 by April 2017.

Autumn 2016

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.

Autumn 2016

Immigration Act 2016: employers that employ illegal workers face business closure

Employers that employ foreign workers illegally face temporary or continued closure.

To be confirmed

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

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

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