As part of their pre-election campaign the Conservatives, like all parties, made many promises. So, now that Parliament has re-opened, what changes are in store that will affect employers and employees alike?
In this video Martin Chitty analyses what's been outlined - either as part of the Queen's speech or during the build-up to the election. He also gives an update on the legislative changes that employment practitioners should take note of now.
Plans to change the law surrounding strike ballots
Government plans to reform the Human Rights Act
Implications of an in/out EU referendum
Additional points relevant to employment law:
-- National Insurance contributions freeze
-- Income Tax changes
-- Labour hire from outside the EU
-- Reduced burden on small businesses
Issues noticeably absent from the Queen's speech:
-- Repeal of the law banning agencies from providing strike cover
-- Review of employment tribunal fees
New and imminent legislation affecting employers:
-- Elimination of exclusivity clauses in zero-hour contracts
-- Increased penalties for employers who pay below minimum wage
-- Increased penalties for late payment of tribunal awards
-- Rules preventing NHS discrimination against job applicants who've made protected disclosures
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