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General Election Employment Law implications

With the General Election on 8 June less than a week away we have set out some of the main parties’ employment law pledges.

Conservative Party

Theresa May has described her party’s manifesto as including “the greatest expansion in workers’ rights by any Conservative government in history.” Some of the main proposals include:

  • Protecting workers’ rights derived from EU law following Brexit.
  • A new statutory right of up to 13 – 52 weeks unpaid time off work for workers whose family members require full time care.
  • A new right to child bereavement leave – no details are provided in the manifesto.
  • Extending the Equality Act 2010 to cover those suffering from mental health conditions that are “episodic and fluctuating”.
  • Introducing a new requirement for large employers to report on the “race gap”.
  • Increasing the National Living Wage to 60% of median earnings by 2020.

Labour Party

The Labour Party’s manifesto, “For the Many, Not the Few”, sets out a 20-point plan for “security and equality at work”. These include:

  • Guaranteeing all rights under EU law are protected after Brexit.
  • Banning zero hours contracts and ensuring that workers who work regular hours for more than 12 weeks have the opportunity to switch to a “regular contract”.
  • Raising the National Minimum Wage for all workers 18 or over to the level of the National Living Wage.
  • Introducing 4 new bank holidays in addition to the current statutory holiday entitlement.
  • Abolishing Employment Tribunal fees and extending the time period for claimants lodging maternity discrimination claims to six months.
  • Extending maternity pay to 12 months.
  • Repealing the Trade Union Act 2016.

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrat’s manifesto sets out the following employment law policies:

  • Make the final Brexit deal subject to another referendum.
  • Introducing a requirement for employers to publish pay gap data in relation to race and sexual orientation.
  • Make flexible working, paternity leave and shared parental leave “day one” rights.
  • Create a right for workers to request a fixed term contract.
  • Require larger employers to publish data on the number of workers earning less than the living wage and the ration between top and median pay.

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