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Pending employment legislation and the impact of the general election 2017

On 18 April 2017, Theresa May announced her intention to call a general election on 8 June. Parliament will be dissolved on 3 May and any Bills or Statutory Instruments not passed by the date of dissolution will lapse.

This means that the next government may choose whether to present the Bills and Statutory Instruments again in their current form or in an amended form.

We set out below a summary of those Bills and Statutory Instruments which may lapse as a result of the Prime Minister’s snap election.

Finance Bill (Taxation of Termination Payments)

The Finance Bill 2016-17 aims to make changes to the current treatment of termination payments including:

  • Treating all payments in lieu of notice as earnings and subject to the appropriate tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs)
  • Subjecting all termination payments above £30,000 to National Insurance Contributions
  • Abolishing foreign service relief

Children and Social Work Bill

The Children and Social Work Bill aims to ensure whistleblowers applying for jobs in the children’s social care sector are not treated unfairly because they have previously made protected disclosures.

Private Members’ Bills

There are also a number of Private Members’ Bills which may lapse including:

  • National Minimum Wage (Workplace Internships) Bill 2016-17, which aims to apply the National Minimum Wage to workplace internships
  • Workers’ Rights (Maintenance of EU Standards) Bill 2016-17, which aims to safeguard workers’ rights derived from EU legislation after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Furthermore, the future of many ongoing consultations, including the regulation of public sector exit payments, are likely to be decided by the next government.

For more information or guidance, please contact:

Sejal Raja
Partner and Head of Employment
T. 020 7227 7410


This briefing is for guidance purposes only. RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any action taken or not taken in relation to this note and recommends that appropriate legal advice be taken having regard to a client's own particular circumstances.

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