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Changes in Employment law in 2017

September 29 2017

Laws are continually changing, but did you know that 2017 has seen many different employment laws alter. At Grahame Stowe Bateson, our employment lawyers are always keeping up to date with regulation and legal changes, and we wanted to share with you some of the biggest changes over the past 12 months.

Apprenticeship levy

Companies with an annual payroll of more than £3 million are now required to pay a 0.5% levy on their total pay bill. This started on 6 April 2017. Furthermore, large employers will be able to access levied amounts to fund apprenticeships from accredited training providers.

Restriction on salary-sacrifice schemes

The salary-sacrifice schemes have been abolished, however those relating to pension savings, cycle-to-work, child-care and ultra-low emission cars do not fall into this category and are thus protected and unaffected.

Foreign Worker Rules Changes

Employers supporting foreign workers with a tier 2 visa are now required to pay an immigration skills charge of £1,000 per worker which started in April 2017. The immigration skills charge will be in addition to current fees for visa applications.

National minimum wage changes aligned

Cycles for national minimum wage increases – including the national living wage – will be aligned, and following implementation on the 1 April 2017, will be reviewed at the same time in April every year.

The latest increase will see the national living wage for staff aged 25 or over rising to £7.50.

If you are looking for employment solicitors to provide you with advice or help with your legal employment matters, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team today. Alternatively, if you are unsure as to how some of the changes may impact on you, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team today.





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