Employment Law Changes for 2018


In our first news item of the new year we look ahead to forthcoming employment law changes on the horizon for 2018 and consider their potential impact on Schools / Academies.

MARCH: Gender Pay Gap – First Reports Due

Public Sector Employers with more than 250 Employees - including Schools and Academies – will be required to publish their first Gender Pay Reports no later than 30 March 2018 based on a snapshot of their pay bill taken in March 2017.

APRIL: Taxation of Termination Payments

The Government has announced proposals to make all payments to employees who are paid in lieu of notice taxable and subject to class 1 national insurance contributions. This change is subject to royal assent being given to the Finance Bill early in the New Year.

This change will impact on any scenario where an employee receives a payment rather than working their notice.

APRIL:  National Living Wage Increases

The government has confirmed that the national living wage for employees aged 25 will rise to £7.83 per hour from 1st April 2018.  Minimum wage rates for younger workers and apprentices will also increase from this date.

National Living Wage

National Minimum Wage

25 and over

21 to 24

18 to 20

Under 18







We will keep you informed of what this will mean for support staff paid Kent Range 2 which is currently set beneath the new national living wage rate.

APRIL: New Statutory Rates

From April Statutory Sick Pay will increase to £92.05 per week and Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Payments to £145.18 per week.

MAY: General Data Protection Regulation

On 25th May the new regulations will come into effect replacing the current data protection provisions.  This represents the most significant change to data protection law for 20 years and the new regulations will apply to all organisations holding or processing data – including all Schools and Academies.

The ICO has published a 12 step guide to support employers in preparing for these changes

KCC’s Information Governance Team also have a dedicated web page on Kelsi to support schools in preparing for the GDPR changes which can be accessed here

Look out for our SPS Spring Breakfast Briefing which will explore the GDPR changes and what this means for Schools and Academies in more detail. 


Look out for further information on all of these changes on our news pages throughout the year.