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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) (Amendment) Order 2016 comes into force

The Order amends the list of prescribed persons to whom workers may make a protected disclosure.

1 November 2016

Employers' Duties (Implementation) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 come into force

The Regulations amend the scheduled dates for the planned increases in the minimum level of contributions for pensions auto-enrolment.

1 October 2016

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