The new laws coming into force in 2019 and how they will affect you
A raft of new laws are being introduced in 2019 including the introduction of EU 'settled status' for residents and changes to pay.
By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 1st January 2019, 1:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 8:24 am
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Some of the new laws coming into effect in 2019
These are the laws, rules and regulations changing in 2019 and how they could affect you.
Both the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase in April 2019. For those aged over 25 it, will rise to 8.21. For those 21 to 24, it will go up from 7.38 to 7.70.
European workers living in the UK will be forced to apply for settled status in 2019, allowing them to remain in the UK after the end of the 'Brexit transition period' in 2021.
The income tax threshold will increase to 12,500 in April. So you'll earn more before paying tax on your earnings, saving you 130 a year. The 40% tax threshold has also increased to 50,000, saving 730 for higher earners.
Drivers now have to leave at least 1.5 metres (4ft 10) when passing a cyclist during an overtake according to Highway Code changes. Those failing to do so could be handed a 100 pound fine and three points.
From November 2019 new drone rules will come into effect making it illegal to fly a drone weighing more than 250g without registering with the Civil Aviation Authority first and passing online safety tests.
Those receiving the basic state pension will get an extra 3.25 a week, upping the state pension from 125.95 to 129.20. That's an extra 169 a year. Pension credit is also going up by 2.4% per year.
Many changes were already made to MOTs including new categories ranging from Dangerous to Major, Minor & Advisory. New checks include verifying tyres are inflated, brake fluid, reversing lights & daytime lights.
This has been on the cards for a while now, but the government is expected to announce official 100 fines for those driving through red X signs on smart motorways in 2019
Learner drivers are now allowed on the motorways. But other changes could be introduced for new drivers, including curfews for inexperienced drivers and restrictions on passenger numbers and engine sizes.
Those who are freelance or not on an in-house contract will from 2019 be entitled to a payslip which also must record the number of hours worked in a given month, for those whose hours vary.