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After a busy 2017 working with new and existing clients, Simon is delighted to welcome Rhian Hentschel back from maternity leave. We are thrilled to be joined by Nicky Stibbs, who has joined CEL as an employment law consultant. Nicky joins us from Bevan Brittan where she was an Associate Solicitor. Nicky brings a wealth of experience and a pragmatic approach to achieving her clients’ goals.
Here are some employment law changes to be aware of in 2018:
General Data Protection Regulations
The GDPR comes into force in the UK on 25th May 2018, updating and harmonising data protection law across the EU.
The GDPR seek to enhance the rights of individuals. Before this deadline you as an employer should review and change your current practices and documentation to ensure that your data protection is GDPR compliant.
This includes compliance in third party contracts, such as outsourced payroll or recruitment.
There are financial penalties for non-compliance. If you need support on this issue please get in touch.
Gender Pay Gap Reporting
Employers with 250 or more employees must publish their report by 4 April 2018, or 30 March 2018 for public sector employers.
Minimum Wage and Family pay rate increases
The National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over will increase to £7.83 per hour on 1 April 2018.
Other national minimum wage rates will also increase, with rates rising to £7.38 per hour for workers aged 21 to 24, to £5.90 per hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and to £4.20 for workers aged 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age.
The weekly amount for statutory family pay rates will increase to £145.18 on 1 April 2018. This rate will apply to maternity pay, adoption pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay and maternity allowance.