- The Trade Union Act 2016 requires 50% turnout for a ballot on strike action to be valid. 40% support across the whole membership is now required to take action in certain sectors (education, border security, transport, health and “fire”). Unions will also be required to give more notice of any proposed industrial action (14 days instead of the current 7).
- There is now a requirement for organisations with more than 250 staff to provide annual calculations showing the pay differential between their male and female staff. More information on this can be found on the Acas website.
- The introduction of a new apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their annual pay bill for organisations with a payroll of greater than £3m per year. More information is available here.
- An increase in the charges for sponsoring skilled workers under tier 2 of the points based system.
There have also been the normal annual increases to statutory payments (maternity/paternity/adoption, sick pay, national living and minimum wages), details of which are available here.
Additionally, although changes to the General Data Protection Regulations are not due to come in until 2018, the Information Commissioners Office has published some guidance for employers on the steps that they should take now to prepare for this.This guidance can be found here.