Hot employment law topics in 2018 will be the General Data Protection Regulation, the gig economy, gender pay gap reporting and of course Brexit.
Hot topics in 2018 for employment law
Employers will be required to comply with new data protection rules governing the processing of personal data, including those relating to consent, transparency and access rights from 25 May 2018. The government also intends to replace the Data Protection Act 1998 with a new Data Protection Bill which is in the process of going through Parliament.
The gig economy remains an uncertain area of law. Currently we await the government’s response to the Taylor review on modern employment practices and in February, the issue of employment status will be examined further by the Supreme Court.
The first mandatory gender pay gap reports for large private and voluntary sector employers are due by 4 April 2018. Large public sector employers must report by 30 March 2018.
It is hard, at this stage, to accurately predict how Brexit will impact on our domestic employment laws. The UK and the EU are due to conclude Article 50 negotiations by October to allow time for the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament and the UK to approve the agreement by 29 March 2019.