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Page last updated: 13 September 2017

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Forthcoming legislative changes

Equality Act 2017

The Equality Act 2017 will deal with discrimination comprehensively in respect of both employment and the provision of goods and services on various grounds including race; religion; sexual orientation; age; disability; and gender reassignment. Work on bringing the Act into operation is being led by the Cabinet Office but with support from the Department of Economic Development (DED). Copies of the Act and Explanatory Notes to the Act can be downloaded by clicking on the links in the right hand column.

Following the announcement of Royal Assent, on 18th July 2017 the Act is being phased in, with all of the provisions expected to come into operation by January 2020.

The Equality Act 2017 (Appointed Day)(No. 1) Order 2017 brought into operation certain provisions of Schedule 22 [employment legislation – miscellaneous amendments], Schedule 23 [consequential and minor amendments] and Schedule 24 [repeals] to the Act on 20th July 2017. The order will bring further provisions into operation on 1st January 2018.

The Equality Act 2017 (Appointed Day)(No. 2) Order 2017 brought into operation additional provisions of Schedule 22 to the Act on 18th August 2017.

The provisions that are brought into operation by the two orders relate to changes to employment law which are not connected to the Act's main provisions. Copies of the Appointed Day Orders and a description of the provisions which came into force on 20th July and 18th August can be downloaded by clicking on the links in the right hand column.

Further information on the provisions which will come into operation on 1st January 2018 will be published here shortly.

It is envisaged that a further appointed day order, which will set out implementation dates for many of the main equality provisions in the Act, will be made later in 2017. It is also planned to recruit an officer to brief employers, workers and other interested parties on the effects of the Act and to advise of any necessary preparations well in advance of the Act's main provisions coming into force.
20 July 2017 to 1 January 2020

The Equality Act 2017

The Equality Act 2017 – Explanatory Notes

The Equality Act 2017 (Appointed Day)(No. 1) Order 2017 

The Equality Act 2017 (Appointed Day)(No. 2) Order 2017 

Equality Act 2017 – Provisions currently in force – Explanatory Notes

Recent legislative changes
Changes to the Control of Employment Act 2014 made by the Equality Act 2017

Firstly, there is new category of Isle of Man worker. A person is an Isle of Man worker if he or she is the grandchild of a person who -

(a) was born in the Island, and
(b) was ordinarily resident in the Island for an unbroken period of at least 5 years immediately following the birth.

The second change extends the right to a spouse/civil partner permit. Where a work permit holder or exempt person is engaged in permanent, regular, full-time employment his or her spouse or civil partner is, upon application to the DED, entitled to a work permit, often referred to as “a spouse/civil partner permit”. Such a permit is granted for a year at a time, beginning with the date on which it is granted or renewed and it can be used in any employment. The right to a spouse / civil partner permit has been extended to spouses and civil partners of persons from outside the European Economic Area who are working in the Island by virtue of an “immigration employment document”. This is a certificate of sponsorship validly issued by a sponsor indicating, in accordance with the Immigration Act, that a person named in it is eligible for leave to enter or remain in the Island for the purpose of taking up or continuing a specified employment in the Island with the sponsor in accordance with that certificate’s terms.

The Control of Employment Act 2014 - Proposals for New Secondary Legislation

The Department of Economic Development recently consulted on proposed changes to work permit controls. The closing date for the consultation was 31 August 2017. Further information
20 July 2017
Minimum Wage Regulations 2017

The Minimum Wage (Single Hourly Rate) (No. 2) Regulations 2017 and the Minimum Wage (Young Workers) (No. 2) Regulations 2017 change the minimum wage rates from 1 June 2017 as follows.

For a worker:
- aged 25 years and over - £7.50
- aged 21 years and over - £7.20
- aged 21 or over, receiving training accredited by the Department of Economic Development, and within the first 6 months of employment with his or her employer - £6.85
- aged 18 years and over - £6.85
- who is over compulsory school age but not 18 - £5.70
1 June 2017 Minimum Wage (Single Hourly Rate) (No. 2) Regulations 2017

Minimum Wage (Young Workers) (No. 2) Regulations 2017
The Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) Order 2016

The Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) Order 2016, which was approved by Tynwald on 13 December 2016, prescribes persons for the purposes of section 54 of the Employment Act 2006, which relates to 'whistle-blowing'. The effect of the Order, taken with section 54, is that a worker will be protected by Part IV of that Act if, in good faith, he or she discloses an offence, breach or failure to a person specified in column 1 of the Schedule to the Order, reasonably believing that the offence, breach or failure disclosed falls within the matters specified in column 2 of the Schedule. The order replaces an earlier order from 2007.

16 December 2016 The Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) Order 2016
Increase in Compensation Limits

The Employment (Maximum Amount of Awards) Order 2016, which was approved at the July Tynwald, has increased from £50,000 to £56,000 the maximum amount of certain awards which may be made by the Employment Tribunal, viz. compensatory awards on a complaint of unfair dismissal, discrimination at recruitment on trade union grounds, sex discrimination, detriment for enforcing the right to the minimum wage and for failure to comply with an order for reinstatement or re-engagement.

The Employment (Maximum Amount of a Week's Pay) Order 2016, also approved at the July Tynwald, has increased from £480 to £540 the maximum amount of a week’s pay, which is used for calculating the basic award of compensation which may be made by the Employment Tribunal on a complaint of unfair dismissal, and various other awards under the Employment Act 2006, and a redundancy payment under the Redundancy Payments Act 1990.The increases apply where the event giving rise to the entitlement to compensation occurred on or after 1 August 2016.

1 August 2016 Employment (Maximum Amount of Awards) Order 2016

Employment (Maximum Amount of a Week's Pay) Order 2016
New or revised guides
GuidePublication dateFurther information
Isle of Man Employment Rights and Responsibilities: a Guide for Employers, Employees and Workers September 2017 Isle of Man Employment Rights and Responsibilities: a Guide for Employers, Employees and Workers
A Guide to Work Permits September 2017 A Guide to Work Permits
Isle of Man Employment Rights: a Summary June 2017 Isle of Man Employment Rights: a Summary
Polish Edition of 'Isle of Man Employment Rights: a Summary' June 2017 Polish Edition of 'Isle of Man Employment Rights: a Summary'
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