Brexit: On 29 March 2017, the UK government triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union by issuing notice to the European Council of the UK's intention to leave the EU. The UK now has two years in which to negotiate its exit.

The government’s approach will be to convert the body of European legislation into UK law at the point of Brexit. Any changes to the law will then be made after careful scrutiny and proper debate.

On 30 March 2017, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (David Davis) presented to Parliament the government's White Paper: Legislating for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.

April 2017 employment law changes include:

  • the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations for private and voluntary sector employers come into force.
  • the Apprenticeship levy for larger employers comes into force.
  • Compensation limits: the cap on unfair dismissal compensatory awards rises to £80,541 and a week’s pay rises to £489 (making the maximum statutory redundancy payment £14,670).
  • the National Living Wage increases to £7.50ph.

Spring 2017 Budget: Key points to note from an employment perspective:

  • Legislation to abolish the foreign service relief is not being introduced at this stage and will be covered instead by the Finance Bill 2017-2018.
  • Legislation is being introduced to remove the tax and NICs advantages when certain benefits are provided via a salary sacrifice arrangement.