Brand new pay rates, slavery statements and arguments over employment status have kept employers and HR departments busy over the last 12 months. Here’s a rundown of the most significant developments in employment law this year looking first at the new laws introduced, and moving on to case law judgments that could have far-reaching effects for employers.
Modern Slavery Statements
- The first Modern Slavery Statements were published this year.
- The requirement to create this kind of statement applies to employers who have a £36 million or more in annual turnover. It must set out the steps that the employer has taken that year to eradicate modern slavery e.g. human trafficking from taking place in its organisation and supply chains.
- The date when affected employers must publish their statement depends on their financial year, and the statement must be reviewed each year.
Changes to Immigration Laws
- The Immigration Act 2016 made various changes to the law on preventing illegal working this year.
- Firstly, the test required for the Government to find an employer guilty of employing illegal workers will be loosened. It is no longer required to show that an employer knew that an employee did not have the right to work in the UK. It now must be shown that there was reasonable cause for the employer to know of the illegality.
- Closure notices were also introduced; workplaces can be temporarily closed down if a repeated breach of the law is found.