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Employment Law – what’s new in 2016?

January 13, 2016 11:59 am | This post was written by mmadigital | Posted in: Company and commercial, Employment, General news

Many clients will be introducing auto enrolment pensions this year or planning for their introduction in 2017.  If you do not already have a plan in place, please contact Linda Saleh for advice on the steps required or on any other employment issue:

ACAS has published a timetable of forthcoming proposed changes in employment law:

Proposed changes to employment law Launch date
Managing sickness absence

A health and work assessment and advisory service is to be introduced, offering free occupational health assistance for employees, employers and GPs. The service can provide an occupational health assessment after four weeks of sickness absence. Further information is available from GOV.UK – Fit for Work guidance.

Roll out during 2016
The National Living Wage

The introduction of a compulsory National Living Wage in April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over will be set at £7.20 per hour.

1 April 2016
Statutory Maternity, Paternity Adoption and Shared Parental PayThe Statutory pay rates have been frozen, and will remain at the same rate of £139.58 per week. 3 April 2016
Change to the income tax person allowanceThe personal allowance increases to £11,000 and the higher rate tax threshold increases to £43,000. 6 April 2016
Compulsory gender pay differencesEmployers will be required to publish whether or not there are differences in gender pay. TBC 2016
Tax-free childcare schemeFamilies where both parents work and each earns less that £150,000 per year will be eligible to receive 20% of their yearly childcare costs of up to £2,000 for each child or £4,000 if the child is disabled. TBC 2017
Shared Parental Leave for grandparentsShared Parental Leave is to be extended to allow grandparents to take time off work to help with childcare. During 2018

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