20 January 2017 by

Employment law changes 2017: the top priorities for HR (Part Two)

In this, the final part of our look at employment law changes for 2017, we set out a further five priorities and things to be aware of for HR Department and Owner Managed Businesses.

  1. Salary sacrifice schemes
    Tax savings for employee benefits through salary sacrifice schemes will be significantly reduced from 6th April 2017.
  2. Changes to rules for employing foreign workers
    Employers sponsoring foreign workers with a tier 2 visa will be required to pay an immigration skills charge of £1,000 per worker (£364 for small employers and charities) beginning in April 2017. This is in addition to current fees for visa applications.
  3. Maternity pay, paternity pay, adoption pay, shared parental pay and sick pay
    Statutory sick pay increases from £88.45 to £89.35 on 6th April 2017.
    Similarly statutory maternity, statutory paternity, statutory shared parental and statutory adoption pay all increase from £139.58 (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate) to £140.98 from April 2017. Rates have been frozen since 5 April 2015.
  4. Effects of recent UBER judgment
    If you currently engage contractors or are planning on expanding your workforce through new working arrangements reliant upon self-employed / contractor status be alive to the risks of potential employment liabilities and costs. This is an area of expanding case law and the potential liabilities could be huge. We will keep you updated on any important developments when they occur.
  5. Trade Union changes
    A new TU act is due to come in this year. Changes to strike ballot requirements including new thresholds for voter-turnout and support during strike ballots will be introduced, along with increased notice requirements.

If you would like to discuss any of the points please contact one of our solicitors in the Employment team here.

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