Employment Law Updates 2018

March 2018

2018 – Employment Law Updates

  • GDPR comes into effect on 25-May-2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which updates and harmonises data protection law,  will come into effect on 25-May-2018 for the UK.

Organisations need to audit and understand why they hold personal data and whether the necessary consent is in place.

A relevant, accessible privacy policy will underpin your company stance on data protection compliance.

We also recommend holding HR records on a cloud based software that is GDPR compliant.

  • First gender pay gap reporting deadline

Private and public sector employers with 250 or more employees have until 04-Apr-2018 to publish their first gender pay gap report.  The organisation must be divided into quartiles based on pay levels you can then contrast male and female pay within these quartiles.

Reports also have to set out the proportion of male and female employees in the pay quartiles of an organisation and the proportion of male and female employees who received bonus pay.

We anticipate that smaller organisations will be required to comply over time so putting processes in place to ensure equal pay now will be invaluable.

  • Minimum wage rates increase
Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50
April 2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70
  • Statutory family pay amounts uprated

Statutory family pay rates will increase to £145.18 per week on 01-Apr-2018. This rate will apply to maternity pay, adoption pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay and maternity allowance.

  • Brexit plans

The currently agreed terms protect the rights of EU citizens who currently reside in the UK to live, work and study in the UK following Brexit.

Employers in sectors that rely on considerable influx of European workers are waiting for confirmation of immigration arrangements following withdrawal from the EU.


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