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Latest Changes to Employment Law

May 17 2018

Whilst most of these laws have already come into effect, some of them may have gone under the radar within your workplace. As a result, it is imperative that you are aware of these changes to ensure compliance with the most recent legislation.

Gender Pay Gap (April 2018)
4th April 2018 was the deadline for private sector employers in England, Wales, and Scotland who have at least 250 employees to release details of any pay disparities between their male and female staff. For those operating in the public sector, the gender pay data had to have been published in March.
The rule required employers to publicise the data in a written statement, on their website if applicable, and using the gov.uk’s reporting system.
Those businesses that employ less than 250 employees can still voluntarily report if they see fit.
 
Minimum Wage and National Living Wage (April 2018):
The pay brackets with regards to age are as follows
Age Hourly rate
25 and over £7.83 (national living wage)
21 to 24 £7.38
18 to 20 £5.90
16 and 17 £4.20
Apprentice £3.70

GDPR (May 2018):
This one seems to have caused plenty of confusion over recent months for thousands of employers not only in the U.K. but in Europe. Essentially, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is UK and EU-wide legislation that seeks to ethically protect personal and interpersonal information across all platforms. 
There are detailed and comprehensive insights into the effects of GDPR throughout the internet, however with it coming into effect from 24th May 2018, companies, businesses, workplaces, and anyone who handles data should be well on their way to being compliant. 
For more specific and detailed information on laws that can affect employers and employees, you can visit the Government website. Grahame Stowe-Bateson offer legal representation for both the employer and the employee with regards to settlement agreements.
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