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Employment Law: What to expect in 2017

2017 looks set to be a busy year for employment law. Below we have set out the key developments for the year ahead.

  • Brexit, will continue to dominate the employment law landscape. In the New Year, we can expect the Supreme Court’s judgment on whether an Act of Parliament is needed to trigger Article 50 and begin the Brexit process.
  • Gender pay gap reporting, one of the key developments of the year, is due in April. Although the first gender pay gap reports for large private and voluntary sector employers will not be due until 4 April 2018, employers will need to capture their first set of gender pay gap data in April 2017.  Look out for our workshops covering this topic starting soon.
  • The gig economy will continue to be a hot topic both for the Courts and the Government.
  • Tribunal fees continue to rumble on with the government’s review of tribunal fees awaiting publication and Unison’s appeal scheduled to be heard in the Supreme Court in March.
  • The Trade Union Act 2016 will introduce, among other measures, significant changes to the balloting rules for industrial action. Implementation dates are still awaited, although the 40% ballot threshold for important public services appears to be anticipated for March 2017.

For more information about any of the above or any employment related issue please contact one of the team.