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Key Employment Law Dates for 2018

BY Miranda Hughes
Employment Law & HR

As the clock strikes midnight and with a chorus of Auld Lang Syne in the background, a new year will start and 2018 is already shaping up to being a big one for employment law.  Given some of the major changes that are set to take effect, we thought we would highlight some of the key dates to keep an eye on, just in case anything has slipped through the cracks so far.

30th March:

  • Public sector employers must publish their first gender pay gap reports, with a snapshot date of 31st March 2017

1st April 2018:

  • National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over will increase to £7.83 per hour

4th April 2018:

  • Statutory Sick Pay to increase to £92.05 per week
  • Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Shared Parental Leave Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay to increase to £145.18 per year

4th April 2018:

  • Private sector employers must publish their first gender pay gap reports, with a snapshot date of 5th April 2017

6th April 2018:

  • All notice pay in settlement agreements to be treated as earnings and subject to tax and national insurance contributions

25th May 2018:

  • General Data Protection Regulations to replace existing data protection laws

June 2018:

  • EU to introduce an EU-wide definition of “trade secret” and provide protections against unlawful acquisitions, use or disclosure


Our clients should keep an eye on the ‘News Flash’ section in the Client Area which will be updated when new important dates are coming up. If you have any concerns over how these changes might affect you next year, get in touch with your dedicated Employment Solicitor today. 

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