5 HR things you need to know for 2017

Brexit

Brexit is big news for all companies, and 2017 will be key to how the transition plays out.  In terms of employment law, while there are no immediate planned changes, however some possible changes post-Brexit are Working Time Regulations, Agency Workers’ rights and the right to work. So it’s worth keeping up to speed with employment law in the Brexit landscape.

While the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP) doesn’t take effect until May 2018, the scale of the changes means this should be a priority for employers in 2017. GDRP will take effect before Britain leaves the EU, so employers need to be prepared, or else risk large fines. There is some useful info here 

The ‘gig’ economy and employment status

Employment status is currently the greyest area of employment law, and recent rulings against Uber and Citysprint have huge implications for businesses operating similar business models. Talk to us if you have questions.

Pension implementation

Most small organisations will have their staging date for auto-enrolment in 2017. Check yours : and don’t get left behind. We advise at least 6 months planning to make sure you’re compliant with all processes, can integrate with payroll and that your employees  know what to expect

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases: 

Will change on 1 April 2017 – be prepared! Check the new rates here

Tax savings and childcare

As of 6 April 2017, the government will abolish tax savings through many salary-sacrifice schemes, except for those related to pension savings, childcare, cycle-to-work or ultra-low emission cars. Schemes that are put in place before April 2017 will be protected until April 2018.

There is also good news for families, with government plans to double the number of hours of free childcare from 15 to 30 hours for three and four-year-olds in working families from September 2017.


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