employment law changes in 2018

What are the upcoming employment law changes in 2018?


In 2018 we are set to see a number of significant developments in employment law affecting businesses in the UK.

Despite a general uncertainty over where the Brexit negotiations will leave employment law, there are number of changes that employers should be preparing for.

In this article, our expert employment law solicitors take a look at some of the upcoming changes your business needs to know.

Increase in the national minimum wage

The national living wage rate for those over 25 will increase from £7.50 to £7.83 on 1 April.

We will also see other increases in the minimum wage with rates including:

  • A rise to £7.38 per hour for works aged 21 to 24
  • A rise to £5.90 per hour for workers aged 18 to 20
  • A rise to £4.20 for works aged 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age.

Increase in statutory payments

Also in April, the weekly rate for statutory maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental pay will increase to £145.18. Statutory sick pay will also increase to £92.05 per week from 9 April.

GDPR will come into effect

The General Data Protection Regulations will come into effect on 25 May 2018 for all EU member states, including the UK.

Many employers will need to issue new or updated privacy policies to employees and job applicants, outlining what data they collect and how that data is used.

Here at LawforEmployers, we can provide the advice you need on updating any policies and procedures to protect you.

Could we see changes to worker status?

2017 saw numerous claims from individuals questioning their status and their employment rights, with the most prolific cases within the gig economy.

Worker status will continue to be one of the biggest issues in employment law in 2018. In February, Pimlico Plumbers will be taking their appeal against the decision that a plumber was a worker to the Supreme Court.

With a number of cases set to be heard, we could see more clarity on worker status in 2018.

Stay protected throughout 2018 with LawforEmployers

For any business it can be challenging to keep pace with the changes in employment law.

Here at LawforEmployers, our specialist solicitors work with many businesses to keep them up to date and compliant by offering updates and advice on any changes in employment law which affect them.

By working with a specialist employment solicitor, you can concentrate on the things that really matter to you.

If you’d like to talk to one of our specialist solicitors about how we can help you, call us now on 01282 695 400.

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