More “New” UK laws 2018

There will be a raft of new laws introduced over the next 12 months which we highlighted in a recent blog but there are some extra that may be of interest you can expect.

Pay rise

Many workers will be entitled to a pay rise in 2018 thanks to a rise in the National Living Wage. In November, the Chancellor confirmed that the wage would jump to £7.83. This rise of 33p an hour for over-25-year-old workers will come into effect on April 1. Wages will also rise to £7.38 for anyone between 21 and 23 and £5.90 before 18-20-year-olds.

Gender pay gap

In October, a new law was passed for companies to report their gender pay gap and take action to close it. The government introduced a legal requirement for all employers with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay and bonus data by April 2018. The Prime Minister has also called on companies to publish their gender pay gap data, including companies with fewer than 250 employees. She also called on companies to make flexible working a reality for all employees by advertising all jobs as flexible from Day 1, unless there are solid business reasons not to. About half of the UK workforce will be affected by the new laws.

New drone laws

Police will be given new powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones as part of a new package of legislation. The measures are intended to allow drone users to continue flying safely and legally, helping to place the UK at the forefront of the fast-growing drone industry. The draft Drone Bill is set to be published in spring and will give officers the right to order operators to ground drones where necessary. They will also be able to seize drone parts to prove it has been used to commit an offence.

Ticket tout ‘bots’

A new law will ban ticket touts using bots to buy tickets in bulk. The new criminal offence will be brought forward thanks to a provision in the Digital Economy Act and will mean those who break the law will face an unlimited fine. It will mean that using automated technology to purchase large amounts of tickets to then be sold on at inflated prices will be illegal.

Illegal immigrants’ assets frozen

Banks and building societies will be forced to carry out immigrations checks on millions of current accounts. Around 70 million accounts will be reviewed in total to check whether their customers are illegal immigrants. This will take place from January in a move set out in the 2016 Immigration Act. Any people found to be illegal immigrants could have their accounts frozen. MOT exemption for classic cars The Department for Transport has announced that classic cars more than 40 years old will be exempt from MOT testing. Owners will be able to voluntarily elect for their car to go in for an MOT if they feel it needs one. The change will come into effect from May this year and will apply to around 293,000 cars in Britain. It will mean around 1.5 per cent of cars in Britain will not have an MOT certificate but will be road legal.