UK Employment Law is constantly in review and changing. Below is a list of a few key changes which will come into effect in 2019.
Gender pay gap
Companies with over 250 employees will be required to publish their gender pay gap figures in April 2019. Although this will be the second year for reporting, 2019 will be seen as a test to determine what steps, if any, employers have taken to address any pay gaps.
CEO pay gap
New legislation will also come into force in 2019 that requires companies with over 250 employees to publish their executives’ pay.
EU nationals’ Settled Status
European workers currently residing in the UK will be able to apply for settled status in 2019, allowing them to remain indefinitely in the country following the end of the Brexit transition period. To be granted settled status, workers must prove they have been living in the UK for at least 5 years.
Auto-enrolment pension contributions
From April 2019 the minimum contributions for auto-enrolment pension schemes will increase for both employers and employees. Currently, automatic enrolment requirements are for employers a minimum of 2% of an eligible worker’s pre-tax salary to their pension pot, with the individual chipping in 3% on top. Under the new requirements, employers and employees will now have to contribute a minimum of 3% and 5% respectively. NB employers need to allow appropriate time to consult with employees before making any changes to their pension contribution scheme.
From April 2019 all those who are recognised as ‘workers’ for an organisation will be entitled to receive a payslip, detailing the total number of hours worked on payslips for employees whose wages may vary depending on the time they have worked for the period.
“Gagging clauses” were originally used to protect confidential intellectual property when an employee leaves a company, though in recent high-profile media coverage they have been used as an attempt to cover up allegations of misconduct or harassment. The government is reviewing the use of non-disclosure clauses and a response is expected in the coming year.