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

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Graduate immigration route opens

1 July 2021

Protection from detriment in health and safety cases extends to workers

31 May 2021

Protection of termination payments for furloughed employees extended

30 April 2021

Reform to intermediaries legislation (IR35) extended to private sector

6 April 2021

Employment tribunal award limits increase

6 April 2021

Pensions auto-enrolment qualifying earnings upper limit increases

6 April 2021

Lower earnings limit for national insurance contributions frozen

6 April 2021

State pension rates increase

6 April 2021

HMRC given power to recover tax from parties other than employer in off-payroll working arrangements

6 April 2021

Statutory sick pay rises

6 April 2021

Statutory maternity pay and other family-related statutory pay rates increase

4 April 2021

National minimum wage rises take effect

1 April 2021

Extension of national minimum wage record keeping provisions

1 April 2021

List of Welsh authorities subject to public sector equality duty expands

1 April 2021

Employees on furlough scheme extension entitled to statutory payments based on normal pay

31 March 2021

Cap on exit payments for public-sector workers removed

12 February 2021

New system of immigration post-Brexit comes into effect

1 January 2021

Freedom of movement for EU nationals in UK comes to an end

1 January 2021

Technical amendments to employment law following the UK's exit from the EU take effect

31 December 2020

Court of Appeal can diverge from retained EU case law post-Brexit

31 December 2020

Period of self-isolation reduced to 10 days

14 December 2020

Acas early conciliation period is extended from one month to six weeks

1 December 2020

Youth cautions and multiple convictions no longer automatically disclosed under changes to DBS filtering rules

28 November 2020

Employees on extended furlough scheme entitled to statutory payments based on normal pay

18 November 2020

Business closures or restrictions on business activities due to coronavirus take effect

5 November 2020

Public-sector exit payments capped

4 November 2020

Employment tribunal procedural rules relaxed to tackle claims backlog

8 October 2020

Fine for employers that allow workers who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) to attend workplace introduced

28 September 2020

Right to statutory sick pay when self-isolating prior to hospital admission introduced

26 August 2020

Right to statutory sick pay for 10-day period of self-isolation due to coronavirus takes effect

5 August 2020

Furloughed employees entitled to statutory notice and redundancy payments based on normal pay

31 July 2020

Right to statutory sick pay when self-isolating due to contact with coronavirus introduced

28 May 2020

Recovery of statutory sick pay for coronavirus cases introduced

26 May 2020

Rules on calculating normal weekly earnings for family-related benefits for those who are furloughed introduced

25 April 2020

Entitlement to statutory sick pay for those who are "shielding" introduced

16 April 2020

Increase in holiday reference period from 12 weeks to 52 weeks

6 April 2020

Statutory sick pay rises

6 April 2020

More flexibility in national minimum wage rules for salaried hours work

6 April 2020

Employment tribunal award limits increase

6 April 2020

Change to tax treatment of termination payments above £30,000 introduced

6 April 2020

Parental bereavement leave rights take effect

6 April 2020

Abolition of the Swedish derogation relating to pay for agency workers

6 April 2020

Reduction to threshold for a request to set up information and consultation arrangements

6 April 2020

Extension of the right to a written statement to all workers

6 April 2020

Lower earnings limit for national insurance contributions increases

6 April 2020

Statutory maternity pay and other family-related statutory pay rates increase

5 April 2020

National minimum wage rises

1 April 2020

Right to carry over statutory annual leave for two years introduced

26 March 2020

Mandatory business closures due to coronavirus take effect

26 March 2020

Coronavirus Act comes into force

25 March 2020

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