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There are two key months in the employment law calendar – April and October. They key changes this month, and what you need to do to ensure you comply with the new provisions is outlined below.

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The Repeal Bill, otherwise known as the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was published last month, and the 66-page document confirmed that EU-derived legislation including the Working Time Directive, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and TUPE will continue to apply once the UK leaves the EU.

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, said:

‘It is one of the most significant pieces of legislation that has ever passed through Parliament and is a major milestone in the process of our withdrawal from the European Union.  By working together, in the national interest, we can ensure we have a fully functioning legal system on the day we leave the European Union’.

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What will happen to the national living wage post-election?

Right now, nothing is set in stone, but it’s a bargaining chip that the key parties are using to sway more support over to their side.

Theresa May has pledged to increase the rate to around £8.75 per hour by 2020, and the Labour Party have taken things a step further by saying that under their control, it’ll be increased to ‘at least’ £10 an hour. Their manifesto states that this will cover all workers aged 18 and over, and not just those aged 25 and over, as is currently the case.

The Green Party are getting involved too, saying ‘the introduction of a minimum wage of £10 by 2020 is a necessary step towards tackling inequality and poverty’.

So where does this leave your business?

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April is a fairly busy time for HR professionals and business owners alike. Not only are you required to tie up any loose ends from the previous financial year… You also need to make sure that you’re fully prepared for legislative changes that could impact your business. This is a time when new rules come into force, so there’s no space right now for burying your head in the sand. You need to be prepared, and you need to take action.

Here’s what you need to know:

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