National Living Wage & National Minimum Wage

The first HR changes of 2017 are to the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage.  From April 2017, the National Living Wage will increase by 30 pence.  The rate will go from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour.  The National Minimum Wage will also increase from:

Apprenticeship Levy

Secondly, there’s the Apprenticeship Levy.  This is payable by employers with an annual pay bill of £30 million, and is due to come into force April 2017.  Payments wont commence until May 2017.

Employers meeting this criteria will nee to report and pay the levy to HMRC through PAYE.  Anyone that pays into the levy, will have access to the new digital apprenticeship service which funds apprenticeship training.

Salary Sacrifice Schemes

The third HR change in 2017 is the clamp down on salary sacrifices.  From April 2017, most salary sacrifice schemes will be subject to the same tax as cash income.  Exceptions to this are:

Fourth, Gender Pay Reporting.  Subject to parlimentary approval, the recently published Pay Gap Regulations should come into effect April 2017.  The first Gender Pay Report is due the 4th April 2018.

General Data Protection Regulation

Finally, the last HR change in 2017 is the General Data Protection Regulation.

The Regulations contains provisions that promote more accountability, transparency and governance. Some of the measures are as follows:

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