Legal timetables

Information for CIPD members on developments in UK employment law since January 2014. Covers Acts of Parliament, Statutory Instruments (SIs), European Directives, Codes of Practice and future proposed legislation.

For a weekly round up of the latest developments in employment law go to our Latest news in employment law. More legal resources can be found in our Employment Law at Work area.

 
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    Trade Union Act 2016

    Royal Assent 4 May 2016. The Trade Union Act 2016 will make significant changes to strike legislation and extends to Great Britain.

     
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    Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

    Royal Assent 26 March 2015. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, which aims to support small businesses, contains a number of employment law measures, including zero hours, gender pay gap reporting and public sector exit payments.

     
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    Immigration Act 2016

    Royal Assent 22 May 2016. The Immigration Act 2016 contains a number of provisions aimed preventing the exploitation of migrant workers, including tougher sanctions for employers, introduction of a immigration skills charge and a new duty for public authorities to ensure that their workers in customer-facing roles speak fluent English (and/or Welsh where appropriate).

     
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    Scotland Act 2016

    Royal Assent 23 March 2016. Section 39 of the Act provides for the devolution of the Scottish employment tribunals.

     
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    Enterprise Act 2016

    Royal Assent 4 May 2016. The Enterprise Act 2016 introduces measures, including a number relating to employment law, to support business growth. Applies to Great Britain.

     
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    Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

    Royal Assent 22 April 2016. The Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 contains a number of provisions resulting from an extensive review of employment law carried out by the Department of Employment and Learning (DELNI).

     
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    Modern Slavery Act 2015

    The Modern Slavery Act 2015 includes provisions requiring all commercial organisations carrying on business in the UK with a total turnover of £36m or more to complete a statement for each financial year of the organisation. This is expected to come into force in October 2015.

     
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    Deregulation Act 2015

    Royal Assent 26 March 2015. The Deregulation Act 2015 aims to reduce the burden of excessive regulation on businesses and repeal legislation which is no longer of any practical use. Employment provisions include the introduction of approved English apprenticeships and removal of employment tribunals’ power to issue wider recommendations in successful discrimination cases.

     
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    Work and Families Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

    Royal Assent 8 January 2015. The Work and Families Act (Northern Ireland) 2015 introduces a number of changes, including the new system of shared parental leave and the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees who have worked for their employer for 26 weeks or more.

     
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    Children and Families Act 2014

    Royal Assent 13 March 2014. The Children and Families Act 2014 introduces a new shared parental leave and pay system and a right to time off for antenatal care, brings adoption leave and pay entitlements in line with those of birth parents and extends the right to request flexible working.

     
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    Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

    Royal Assent 25 April 2013. The Act contains a wide variety of provisions to reform employment law, including Acas early conciliation, greater use of settlement agreements, abolition of statutory discrimination questionnaires and changes to whistleblowing protections.

     
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    Defence Reform Act 2014

    Changes under the Defence Reform Act 2014 affecting reservists and their employers came into force on 1 October 2014.

     
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    National Insurance Contributions Act 2014

    Royal Assent 13 March 2014. The National Insurance Contributions Act 2014 contains provisions to reduce the costs of employment and support small businesses, including from 6 April 2014 reducing employer national insurance contributions (NICs) bills each year by entitling every business and charity to a £2,000 Employment Allowance.