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

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Recent deadlines Implementation date

Fees exemption for certain national insurance fund-related tribunal claims introduced

Claimants are exempted from employment tribunal fees in relation to certain types of national insurance fund-related claims.

31 January 2017

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.

4 January 2017

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.

1 January 2017

Scotland bans smoking in private cars carrying a person aged under 18

A ban on smoking in private cars carrying a child aged under 18 comes into force in Scotland on 5 December 2016.

5 December 2016

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

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

1 December 2016

Tax relief for employee-shareholder agreements abolished

Income tax reliefs and capital gains tax exemption will no longer be available on any shares acquired in consideration of an employee-shareholder agreement.

1 December 2016

Act of Sederunt (Fitness Assessment Tribunal Rules) 2016 comes into force

The Act of Sederunt (Fitness Assessment Tribunal Rules) 2016 provides the process for investigating the fitness of a member of the Scottish tribunals.

1 December 2016

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.

1 December 2016

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.

24 November 2016

Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Electromagnetic Fields) Regulations 2016 come into force

These Regulations implement for the maritime sector minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to risks arising from electromagnetic fields.

21 November 2016

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