changes to employment law

April 2017

A number of important changes to employment law come into operation in April 2017.

National minimum wage increases

From 1 April 2017, new national minimum wage rates come into operation. These are as follows:-

  1. For those aged 25 or over, £7.50 per hour.
  2. For those between 21 and 24, £7.05 per hour.
  3. For those between 18 and 20, £5.60 per hour.
  4. For those under 18, £4.05 per hour.
  5. For apprentices, £3.50 per hour.

Apprenticeship levy

From 6 April 2017, all employers with an annual wage bil of £3million or more will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their wage bill.

Gender pay gap reporting

From 6 April 2017, reporting on gender pay gap will be compulsory for private sector and voluntary organisations employing 250 or more people

News Updates

Supreme Court decision on “worker” status

  • 22 June 2018
  • Giles Woolfson

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holiday pay


  • 22 August 2017
  • Giles Woolfson

The ongoing saga of holiday pay takes another turn following a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision, which has decided that pay for voluntar...

gig economy


  • 15 February 2017
  • McGrade

The issue of the gig economy has featured very prominently media coverage of the last few months. Cases involving Uber drivers, cycle couriers...