January 10th, 2017.

In 2017, a number of key employment law changes are being introduced that will impact UK companies. With many of the changes coming into force in April 2017, XpertHR Group’s Joanna Stubbs says the time to start preparing for them is now. Here are her top five employment issues that employers must not ignore.

General Data Protection

Regulation is on the horizonThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the new governing legislation for collecting and processing personal data in the EU. Although it does not come into force until May 2018, the scope of the changes under the Regulation means that preparing for it will be a high priority for UK employers in 2017.

In addition to changes to how employers collate and handle data, the Regulation creates a new enforcement system, with significantly higher maximum penalties than under the current Data Protection Act.

Organisations that are not compliant by May 2018 risk fines of up to €20 million or 4per cent of annual worldwide turnover, whichever is higher.

Gender pay gap reporting requirements introduced
For the first time, organisations with 250 or more employees will be required to publish their gender pay gap information. This includes their mean and median gender pay and gender bonus-pay gaps, as well as information on the proportion of men and women receiving a bonus payment.

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