Employment law dates for 2018

Employment law dates for 2018

From January 2018 individuals and those applying for basic criminal records check for a job in England and Wales can apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a certificate.  From 17 January 2018 Disclosure Scotland will no longer be dealing with applicants from England and Wales who are applying for basic disclosure. 

1 April 2018   -  Increases to statutory rates and limits

  •    National Minimum Wage (NMW) (per hour)
  •    NLW -£7.83
  •    Standard Adult rate (21+) - £7.38
  •    Development rate (18-20)  - £5.90
  •    Young workers rate (16-17)  - £4.20
  •    Apprentice rate - £3.70


4 April 2018    Gender Pay Gap Reporting

6 April 2018    Increase to weekly payments for statutory sick pay, maternity pay, paternity pay, adoption pay and shared parental pay to £145.18

6 April 2018    Childcare voucher scheme closes to new entrants

6 April 2018    Income tax and both employer and employee national insurance will be payable on all payments in lieu of notice 

25 May 2018  General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force

June 2018      Corporate governance reforms come into force and the proposals include executive pay packages, strengthening the employee voice and corporate governance in large held businesses.   


What to expect in relation to upcoming legislation and government guidance for 2018

Caste discrimination      

Caste is not a protected characteristic in the Equality Act 2010 however, case law has established that it may be covered by race discrimination.  The Government commenced consultation on this issue which closed on 18th September 2017 and we are currently awaiting responses. 

Dress codes                      

In 2016/2017 the Women and Equalities Committee carried out the inquiry ‘High heels and workplace dress codes’.  The Government published its response to this report and rejected legislative change however stated it would instead issue new guidance on what is and what is not acceptable to demand of a worker. This guidance is expected in 2018.

Parental bereavement leave

A Private Members bill proposes a statutory minimum amount of parental bereavement leave and pay for parents if their child dies.  It will cover all dependent children under the age of 18 and still-born children after 24 weeks.  We are still waiting to hear more about this.

Employment status        

The Government has yet to respond to the Taylor review on the implication of the gig economy on both workers’ rights and the responsibilities of employers.  The issue of employment status will continue to be in the limelight this year with various cases yet to be heard.


On 29 March 2017 Article 50 was triggered which started the withdrawal process of the UK leaving Europe.  As a result of this there is likely to be some developments and these will depend on the nature and extent of the  Brexit negotiations.




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