Employment law changes fairly frequently and there are some updates on the horizon of which you should be aware. Some of these changes are imminent so it’s important that you take action sooner rather than later.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The new GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018. I’ve had a number of clients say that it’s fine as it’s a European regulation and we won’t be part of the EU soon so we can ignore this! That’s not the case and it’s important that your business is ready.
GDPR covers a number of key areas regarding how you obtain and store data and the way in which you get consent. For many of our clients the only personal data that they hold relates to employees and they have a clause in their contract where the employee consents to the employer collecting and using their personal information. Going forward it is unlikely that this will be sufficient. GDPR states that consent needs to be “clearly distinguishable from other matters” so therefore it’s likely that you will need to have a specific document around data collection and usage.
The is a complex area of law. Whilst not strictly an employment law change it will have an impact on your business. If you need any help, we can provide you GDPR document templates and help defining and implementing the policies you need.
Fee for employing foreign workers
From April 2017, employers who employ a foreign worker with a Tier 2 visa will be required to be an additional fee of £1000 per employee per visa year which is reduced to £364 for small employers and charities. The reasoning that the government has given for introducing this fee is that it will lead to more employers investing in training for British workers rather than relying on overseas workers to fill skill gaps.
Increase to National Minimum Wage rates
On 1st April 2017 the National Minimum Wage rates will increase as follows:
- Workers aged 25 and over – rises from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour
- Workers aged between at least 21 and under 25 – rises from £6.95 per hour to £7.05 per hour
- Workers aged between at least 18 and under 21 – rises from £5.55 to £5.60 per hour
- Workers aged 16 and 17 – rises from £4.00 to £4.05 per hour
- Apprentices – rises from £3.40 to £3.50 per hour
If you have any questions on the above employment law changes and how they may impact your business then do give us a call on 0203 319 1649 and we’ll be happy to talk to you about your situation.