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New Year laws to be aware of

26th January 2016

New Year laws

This year will see a number of new laws being put into force and whilst some made the national news there are others that were not as widely reported.

Those working in lawyer jobs and positions will need to be aware of the changes as they could have a lasting impact on the lives of millions of people in the UK. Here we take a look at the new laws.

Employers must report gender pay gaps

From this year onwards businesses with more than 250 employees across the UK must disclose information about their pay gaps every year.

Currently companies only share this information either voluntarily or when they have been accused of sexist pay discrimination in court.

A specific date for when this new law will officially roll out has not been confirmed as the details of the new law are being finalised.

An article on the BBC has reports that businesses will also have to reveal details such as bonuses as well. Other details about gender pay gaps that need to be ironed out include how this information will be released.

Higher minimum wage

In April 2016 the minimum wage for workers over the age of 25 will rise to £7.20, which is the largest spike since 2007.

The new law is aimed at meeting the government’s plans to reach a national minimum wage of £9 per hour by 2020.

A section on Gov.uk explains that the national living wage for workers aged 24 and under will still remain at £6.70.

Minimum wage increase

Immigration rules for working people to be stricter

No matter whether someone is a nurse or has been working in a permanent legal job for years, new legislation means that the employee could be deported.

The new law is coming into force from April 2016 and states that if you have been working within the UK for over five years and come from outside the EU then you should be earning more than £35,000 a year, otherwise you will be deported to your country of origin.

New flat-rate pension

Another new law that is set to be rolled out in April this year is the single-tier pension, which will see a flat rate paid at £155.65 a week.

This is set to replace the lower basic state pension of £115.95, secondary and additional pensions. The new state pension that is beginning on 6th April 2016 can be claimed if someone reaches the State Pension age on or after this date.

To receive a new state pension, people will need to have 10 qualifying years and for men will have to be born on or after 6th April 1951 or for women must be born on or after 6th April 1953.

The new pension is aimed at simplifying the whole process, and an overview of the new state pension is available on the government’s website.

New flat-rate pension

New vaping rules and regulations

From 20th May the EU’s new rules on e-cigarettes and vapours will be introduced and this will see them classed as a tobacco related product.

The new rules include smaller refill containers being used, smaller tanks and cartridges, the potency of the e-cigarettes being reduced and devices being child proof.

According to a piece on the Independent, there is a potential that e-cigarettes could be banned altogether in a few years and this would affect over one million people who currently use the devices.

e-cigarette's could be banned

Some new laws from around the world

The UK is not the only country to be introducing new laws in 2016 and here we take you through a few other countries across the globe that are implementing new rules and regulations.

Same-sex marriages made legal in Estonia

This January, Estonia, which is located in Northern Europe, has made same-sex marriage legal. In doing so the country has become the first former Soviet state to legalise gay marriage.

New vehicle laws for Delhi

To fight an increasing pollution problem in Delhi, India, the government has announced a law that only allows people to drive their cars every second day. According to the Guardian, the law does not apply to taxis, buses or cars that are powered by natural gas or to female drivers.

The Indian government has revealed that cars with number plates ending with an even number will be allowed on the roads in Delhi on one day and cars with number plates ending in odd numbers will be allowed on the roads on the alternate day.

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