Winter Newsletter 2018

WINTER NEWSLETTER 2018

Employment Law Focus

25th May 2018 GDPR

(General Data Protection Legislation) – replaces previous legislation and gives individuals more rights over how their personal data is used.  Compliance is critical.

Key factors: –

  • How data is shared with third parties/ shared overseas;
  • Compliant employment contracts
  • Awareness of the data you hold 

Childcare Vouchers

From April 2018 existing ‘salary sacrifice’ schemes will no longer be able to take new members but can continue to operate for existing members.

Fit for Work Assessment Scheme

Fit for work assessment scheme was scrapped December 2017.  Fit for Work helpline is still available for employers.  It offers free, expert and impartial advice with issues around health and work. 0800 032 6235.

National Minimum Wage Increases:

From 1 April 2018:

  • Workers aged 25 and over: £7.83 an hour (National Living Wage)
  • Workers aged 21 and over: £7.38 an hour
  • Development rate for workers aged 18-20: £5.90 an hour
  • Young workers rate for workers aged 16-17: £4.20 an hour
  • Apprentice rate: £3.70 an hour

5th April 2018:

The ‘snapshot’ reporting date for gender pay reports for organisations with 250 or more employees.  Highly likely that this will be introduced for smaller businesses and good practice to start to develop reports on this.

Key facts:

  • Difference between mean and median hourly rates of pay between male and female staff (%)
  • Difference between mean and median bonuses between male and female staff (%)
  • Proportion that received a bonus (%)
  • Proportion of male to female staff (shown in four quartiles (grade levels)

9th April 2018:

  • Statutory maternity (SMP), paternity (SPP), adoption (SAP) and shared parental pay (ShPP) will rise from £140.98 to £145.18 a week from 9th April 2018.
  • Statutory sick pay (SSP) is due to rise this month from £89.35 to £92.05.
  • The lower earnings limit will rise from £113 to £116.

April 2018 – Changes to the taxation of contractual and non-contractual PILON (pay in lieu of notice) payments.

  • Removing the distinction between contractual and non-contractual PILONs so that all PILONs are taxable and subject to Class 1 NICs
  • Maintaining the first £30,000 of a termination payment as exempt from income tax
  • Keeping any payment solely related to the termination of employment free of employee NICs
  • Aligning the rules for income tax and employer NICs so that employer NICs will be payable on payments above £30,000 (which are currently only subject to income tax).

Up and coming law

By 2020 Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill. The Bill, currently progressing through Parliament, will entitle employees who lose a child under the age of 18 to two weeks’ leave, paid at the statutory rate if they have 26 weeks’ service. The government is aiming for the new law to be in force in 2020.

HOT TOPIC

Stress in the workplace – don’t ignore it!  Latest figures show that 40% of work related absence is related to stress.

Physical Signs

Headaches, crying, tension, indigestion, breathlessness, nausea (feeling sick), tiredness, can’t relax, weight gain/loss, fainting, excessive sweating, frequent colds, flu, other infections, constipation/diarrhoea, palpitations

 Emotional signs

Anger, irritability, moodiness, tension, sensitivity to criticism, drained, no enthusiasm, job dissatisfaction reduced self-esteem, loss of confidence

Intellectual signs

Difficulty in making decisions, inability to concentrate, worrying, bad dreams, impaired judgement, making mistakes, persistent negative thoughts

If you would like to know more about how we can assist with developing the people section of your business please contact us; clair@agilehrconsulting.com/ 07990 537522

Your Agile HR Consulting Team

Jenny, Gemma, Helen & Clair

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