Coming up in 2017

To conclude, here are a few of the likely developments we will see in 2017:

  • Uber’s appeal against a finding that their drivers were workers will take place. There are (as above) likely to be a tranche of similar cases. 2017 may be the year that the gig economy comes under serious scrutiny.
  • We may hear much more about tribunal fees. The outcome of the government’s investigation into the effect of the fees is long awaited but there is still no clear indication of when it will be published. UNISON’s judicial review case in respect of the legality of the fees is also likely to be heard (having been postponed to make space for the Brexit hearing in December). The recent government ‘u-turn’ over increased Immigration Tribunal fees adds a further layer of intrigue.
  • The Apprenticeship levy comes into force from 6 April 2017, requiring employers with an annual payroll of more than £3 million to pay a 0.5% levy.
  • National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases will be harmonised and take effect from 1 April 2017. The National Living Wage will increase to £7.50 per hour.
  • As above, the first Gender Pay Gap ‘snapshot’ takes place on 5 April 2017.

Rest assured that, whatever 2017 has in store, you will hear it from us first.

Dominic Bonham