Employment Law: Key Dates Coming Up In 2017

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17th February 2017Corporate Governance Reform Consultation closes
March 2017Brexit: Government's stated aim is that it will trigger Article 50 by the end of the month
1st March 2017Trade union balloting changes come into force. 50% voting threshold required on union ballot turnouts, with a simple majority of votes in favour of industrial action. In relation to some public services (e.g. transport, education, health, fire), introducing an additional requirement that at least 40% of eligible voters must vote in favour of the action.
14th March 2017Employment Tribunal Fees Remission Consultation closes
April 2017Rules for employing foreign workers change. Immigration skills charge of £1,000.00 per worker for employers sponsoring foreign workers with a tier 2 visa (small employers and charities will only have to pay £364.00 per worker). The tier 2 visa ‘experienced workers’ minimum salary threshold increases to £30,000. New entrants/some health and education staff exempted from salary threshold until 2019
1st April 2017National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage alignment and increases take effect
6th April 2017Income Tax and employer NICs advantages of salary sacrifice schemes removed
6th April 2017The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 come in to force. Private sector and voluntary organisations who employ 250 or more people are required to report on gender pay gaps. They will have to provide details relating to the overall mean and median gender pay gap in each 12 month period up to the 30th April, beginning with the 12 month period up to the 30th April 2017 (to be published in April 2018). These requirements will be extended to the public sector at a later date
6th April 2017Apprenticeship Levy comes into force. Designed to fund 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020, the levy will be paid by businesses with pay bills of £3 million or more at a rate of 0.5%, which will be collected via PAYE
September 2017free childcare for 3-4 year olds of working parents increases from 15 hours to 30 hours per week in each of 38 weeks per annum (totalling 1140 hours per annum)
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