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Posted 22 January 2016
by Stephen Jennings

Employment Law changes expected in 2016

In 2016, employers will begin to feel the impact of the employment law reforms made by the first Conservative Government in nearly 20 years, with some controversial decisions affecting a number of HR areas.


The following employment law changes are scheduled to take effect this year:-

11th January 2016 – Already in force, employees on zero hours contracts are now protected against unfair dismissal and any detriment suffered for failure to comply with exclusivity clauses. See our separate blog on these changes for more detail.

11th January 2016 – The second reading for The Trade Union Bill has now taken place and the committee stage is on 8th February 2016.

1st April 2016 – the National Living Wage will come into force. Any worker aged 25 or over, who is not in the first year of an apprenticeship, will be entitled to a wage of at least £7.20 per hour.

The Government has the power to make regulations to bring into force gender pay gap reporting.

Further consideration of tribunal fees are expected. We await the Government’s review of employment tribunal fees and the Justice Committee inquiry into tribunal fees.

There will also be a consultation on grandparental leave.

We will update you with any key employment law developments throughout the year.



For any advice, contact our specialist employment solicitors in Devon on 01392 207020 or e-mail




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About the author

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

Partner in the litigation department specialising in employment law, he is the relationship manager for many of the firm's employment clients