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Since 2019, the Government has been promising a new Employment Bill, covering matters such as extended flexible working rights, an expansion to the rules relating to pregnancy discrimination and ensuring that tips are paid in full to workers. It was hoped that parliamentary time might finally ‘allow’ for this to come to the fore, but did this appear in the Queen’s Speech on 10 May 2022?
The answer is a resounding ‘no’, much to the disappointment of Unions and workers alike.
The Employment Bill, as announced in 2019, was to include:
However, it was notably missing from this week’s Speech. Indeed, employment issues as a whole seem to have taken a back seat, with reference only to introducing new Seafarer’s legislation, in light of the P&O debacle, which will allow ports to refuse access to ferry operators who do not pay at least the National Minimum Wage.
That said, that does not mean that there will not be any changes to Employment laws over the coming year, as the Government has proposed legislation in the form of the Retained EU Law Bill, which will remove the supremacy of retained EU law over UK law. This may also impact on the rules of interpretation which apply to the UK Courts when interpreting UK legislation in light of EU law. Given the influence of EU legislation, particularly in the field of employment law, it remains to be seen what impact these proposed changes may have.
The employment team will be more than happy to discuss your needs with you. If so, please contact James Austin on 01423 851 138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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