The current rates for statutory maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay and adoption pay, as well as for statutory sick pay, will remain unchanged for the 2016-2017 tax year.

ACAS has published new guidance on disability discrimination in the workplace, available here.

The government has published a new guide for employers on Recruitment and Retention of Transgender Staff.

The draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 have been laid before Parliament and will come into force on 1 April 2016. They introduce the National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour for workers aged 25 and over. The financial penalty payable by employers who underpay the national minimum wage has also been increased from 100% to 200% of the underpayment due to each worker.

The Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 will come into force on 11 January 2016, and provide a remedy for zero hours workers against employers who include exclusivity clauses in their contracts of employment.  The Regulations give zero hours employees the right not to be unfairly dismissed, and both workers and employees the right not to be subjected to a detriment, for failing to comply with an exclusivity clause.

The European Data Protection Supervisor has published two new sets of guidelines, one on the protection of personal data in mobile devices (here) and one on personal data and electronic communications (here). The guidelines apply to EU institutions, but other organisations may find them a useful reference point.

The government has published its response to the consultation on tackling exploitation in the labour market, available here.