Here we summarise the latest employment law changes and legal updates from Acas.

The Government has introduced several new changes in employment law in 2017. Brief details of these changes are listed below.

Employment legislation changes in 2017

Effective date

Trade Union Act

The Act reforms the rules on trade union ballots for taking industrial action. The main provisions of the Act are :

  • 50% turnout threshold for there to be a valid ballot on industrial action.
  • Threshold of 40% support from all members in order to take industrial action in key sectors.
  • Four month time limit for which the ballot will remain valid to authorise industrial action.
March 2017

Gender pay gap reporting

To address the gender pay gap, the Government is introducing a completely new requirement for all large organisations to publish their gender pay gap. Employers will need to publish key wage information, and these details will need to include the difference in hourly earnings as well as the gap in bonus pay.

Need further help?

Acas gender pay training

April 2017

Apprenticeship Levy

Employers with a wage bill of more than £3 million per year will be liable to pay a new apprenticeship levy. The levy will apply to all industry sectors, in both the public- and private-sector, for the purpose of raising money to meet the cost of apprenticeship schemes across the UK.

April 2017

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

Increases in hourly rates of pay for both the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Details in the table below.

Future changes for both will take place in April of each year.

Need further help?

Pay – Acas training and support

April 2017

Statutory payments – April 2017

Maternity/Paternity/Adoption  £140.98
Sick pay £89.35
Lower Earnings Threshold £113
National Living Wage £7.50
National Minimum Wage
Workers aged 21-24 £7.05
Workers aged 18-20 £5.60
Workers ages 16-17 £4.05
Apprentice rate £3.50


Acas employment law update training

This Acas course, which is updated regularly, provides a solid grounding in the latest changes in employment and HR legislation and provides an update into future changes in the law that will enable your business to stay informed, legally compliant and well prepared.

You can view what courses are running and find a course convenient for you at: Acas employment law update training.

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