Summary of  recent and forthcoming legislation and significant changes


Government expected to introduce Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay.

6 April 2019

The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) Order 2018 comes into force.  The order amends s8 ERA, adding to the list of particulars which must be included in the itemised pay statement which an employee has a right to be given.

6 April 2019

Termination payments over £30k subject to NICs.

29 March 2019

The UK leaves the European Union.


Government to introduce shared parental leave for grandparents.

1 June 2018

Government consultation on employment status closes.

25 May 2018

EU General Data Protection Regulations 2016 come into force, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998.

23 May 2018

Government consultation on Taylor Review recommendations for increasing transparency in the labour market closes.

16 May 2018

Government consultation on Taylor Review Agency Workers recommendations closes.

9 May 2018

Government consultation on Taylor Review Agency Workers recommendations closes.

6  April 2018

Non-contractual PILON and injury to feelings payments made on dismissal to be subject to tax.

6 April 2018

The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increased from £80,541 to £83,682 (or a year’s salary - whichever is the lower amount).  The limit on a ‘week’s’ pay increased from £489 to £508.

04 April 2018

Deadline for first gender pay gap reports to have been published in private sector.

1 April 2018

Rate of SMP, SAP, ShPP and SPP increased to £145.18 per week.  SSP increased to £92.05 per week.

1 April 2018

The national minimum wage, and the national living wage increased as follows:

National living wage               (25 and over)         £7.83 per hour
National minimum wage        (21 to 24)               £7.38 per hour
                                             (18 to 20)               £5.90 per hour
                                             (under 18)              £4.20 per hour
                                             (apprentice)            £3.70 per hour

30 March 2018

Deadline for first gender pay gap reports to have been published in public sector.

7 February 2018

Government published response to the Taylor Review and issued consultations to respond to recommendations.

15 November 2018

Applications opened for the employment tribunal fee refunds scheme.

18 September 2017

Government Equalities Office consultation on how to address caste discrimination closed.  The consultation document, launched on 28 March 2017, was to address the issue of whether caste is required to be an aspect of race in the Equality Act 2010 and analyse the implications of such an amendment.

11 September 2017

Following judicial consultation, increased awards for compensation for injury to feelings apply to claims presented from this date.  The amounts will be reviewed annually in March and any changes to the amounts will apply to claims brought on or after 6 April each year.

26 July 2017

The UK Supreme Court ruled that ET fees were unlawful.  Previous fees’ system removed with immediate effect.

13 July 2017

The Government introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, more commonly referred to as the Repeal Bill.  The Bill is aimed at ensuring, as far as possible, that the same rules and laws will apply after exit from the EU as on the day before.

6 April 2017

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 came into force.

6 April 2017

Reforms to the implementation of IR35 (affecting workers who provide their services through a limited company or personal services company) in the public sector came into force, giving public sector employers more responsibility for ensuring their off-payroll workers are paying the correct tax and national insurance.

6 April 2017

Apprenticeship levy came into force                                

 1 March 2017                               

Main provisions of The Trade Union Act 2016 came into force including the requirement for at least 50 per cent of the union's membership to turn out to vote for industrial action to be passed, and a threshold of 40 per cent of those eligible to vote, voting in favour of action, in certain important public services i.e. transport services, border security, education, fire services, health, and the nuclear sector.

1 February 2017

Section 41 of the Enterprise Act 2016 came into force affording the Secretary of State the right to issue regulations capping public sector exit payments to £95,000.

31 January 2017

The Government finally published their review of the introduction of fees in Employment Tribunals and immediately launched a consultation on proposals to adjust the Help with Fees scheme to extend the scope of support with ET fees to people on lower incomes. The consultation closed on 14 March 2017.

18 January 2017

Employment Tribunal judgements went online.