This year has been like any other with plenty of changes to existing law and the introduction of new law.

Next year, 2018, will be no different with a raft of new legal changes set to take place. DWS Legal takes a look at changes to legislation which could affect you.

National Wage Rise
April see the changes to new national living wage as part of the Government’s newest scheme to help the ‘hardworking’. Hourly rates for those over the age of 25 will increase by 33p going from £7.50 to £7.83. They’ll also be increases for those under 25, in the 21-24 bracket as well as the 18-20 bracket. The apprentice wage will also increase to £3.70.

Lower Heating Bills
Landlords will see another major law coming into action in April which is set to affect them directly.
All privately rented properties will be expected to be of an energy standard ‘E’. Essentially the aim is to make all houses more energy efficient as landlords will be forced to fit energy saving methods. This should have a knock-on effect on heating bills as private renters should see their usage decrease in time.

This new law also comes with a hefty fine for landlords to fail to comply with a £4,000 fine on those who fail to adhere to the law.

Gender pay gap data
The big data reveal – corporations will now be forced to disclose information regarding the payment of their employees and state the gender of each.
This is the Government’s effort to collate data on the gender pay gap and tackle inequality. The forced disclosure should act as a huge deterrent to companies that are currently discriminating in terms of gender pay equality.

Animal rights
After a series of high profile cases in 2017,  judges have now been granted the power to impose  tougher sentences to those found guilty of foul play.
It currently stands at a 6 month imprisonment, but that is due to increase to a maximum six-year sentence in 2018.

GDPR
A headache for many large corporations but the new general data protection regulations or GDPR are the updated data protection rules which will affect all from May.

They impose further and more stringent guildies as to when and how data can be collected forces companies to record it. The hope is that customers will be protected and companies will take more steps to ensure data protection with the ever-increasing rise in cyber attacks.

We would love to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy New Year from all at DWS Legal. For legal advice contact our team on 0116 2999 199 or email us at: info@d-w-s.co.uk