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What to expect from a Conservative Government

After the Conservative party unexpectedly secured a parliamentary majority in the General Election last week, we set out a brief roundup of some of the party’s main proposals which are likely to affect employment law during the next government:

  • Exclusivity clauses preventing zero hours workers undertaking work for third parties will be banned
  • Industrial action in core public services will require a turnout of at least 50% of union membership and support from a minimum of 40% of those entitled to vote in strike ballots
  • By March 2016 companies with more than 250 employees will be required to publish their gender pay gap information
  • The Low Pay Commission recommendations look set to be accepted. This would mean the NMW would rise to over £8 per hour by 2020 and payment of a Living Wage would be encouraged for businesses who can afford to pay it
  • Introduction of a British Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act 1998
  • Employment tribunal fees look set to stay for the moment and employee shareholder schemes are unlikely to be abolished either

Only time will tell if and/or when these initiatives will come to fruition but employers should be mindful of the potential impact the new political agenda may have on them.

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