Employment law timeline 2018 – 2019


The key dates for employment law reform that employers need to know and prepare for.

Employment law changes 2018

  • 30 March 2018

Gender pay gap reporting for public sector employers Public sector employers must publish first reports before this date (with a snapshot date of 31 March 2017).

  • 1 April 2018

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

  • April 2018

New statutory rates SSP to increase to £92.05 per week and SMP, SSP, ShPP and SAP to increase to £145.18 per week.

  • 4 April 2018

Gender pay gap reporting for private sector employers Private sector employers must publish first reports before this date (with a snapshot date of 5 April 2017).

  • 6 April 2018

Taxation of termination payments All notice pay to be treated as earnings and subject to tax and national insurance contributions (subject to finalised Finance Bill).

  • 25 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation To replace existing data protection laws.

  • June 2018

EU Trade Secrets Directive To introduce an EU-wide definition of "trade secret" and provide protections against unlawful acquisitions, use or disclosure.

Employment law changes 2019

  • April 2019

Taxation of termination payments Employers to be liable to pay employer's national insurance contributions on termination payments above £30,000.