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Will Brexit mean “a Bonfire for Workers’ Rights”?

Both sides in the Brexit TV debates made dramatic claims about the repercussions of the referendum result.  At one heated point Angela Eagle, the Labour MP, exclaimed that a vote to leave would mean “a bonfire for workers’ rights”.  This was one of the slogans on Vote Remain posters.

Now we’re calming down again, how likely is it that once the terms of the UK’s exit are negotiated, all European employment law will be thrown out, and there will be no employment rights left in the UK?

To start with, most employment protection rights, especially unfair dismissal and the employment tribunal process were created by the UK independently without the EU.  Equal pay, race and disability discrimination laws all existed in some form in the UK before being imposed by Europe, and there was a UK right of return from maternity leave long before recent EU parental rights laws.   These fundamental pieces of legislation won’t change.

On the other hand, some EU legislation is very unpopular with UK businesses and if anything is tweaked to make it more commercially acceptable or repealed entirely, it’s likely to be these three:

·         TUPE: the principle that employees should transfer when a business changes hands or is contracted out is well recognised, but the government might choose to make it easier to harmonise employment terms within the business.

·         The Working Time Regulations, governing areas such as employee working hours, holidays and rest breaks, is often felt to place an administrative burden on employers and undermine labour flexibility.  The most likely tweak is to remove the 48-hour limit on weekly working hours and the related record-keeping.  Another is to repeal the limits to accrue and carry over holiday pay.  New rules could specifically exclude fluctuating payments such as commission or overtime from calculations of holiday pay, a doubtful recent ruling from the EU.

·         Agency Workers Regulations,requiring agency workers to be paid the same rate for a job as permanent staff after 12 weeks, are  seen by many employers as an unwieldy problem– and aren’t noticeably popular with workers either. Repealing these would reduce business costs and record-keeping requirements.

Discrimination laws and family friendly working legislation seem far less likely to be affected. Employment rights such as family leave, discrimination law and even the right to paid holiday are now widely accepted; indeed, family leave rights in this country go further than required by EU directives.

If you aren’t confident that your business is complying with these pieces of legislation right now, contact us right away on enquiries@thehr.co.uk!

In any case, as we know nothing will change legally for some time.  It will take us at least 2 years to extricate the UK from the EU, and perhaps considerably longer than that to agree exit terms.  Then start repealing and tweaking. Something at least to look forward to….

 

In the meantime, European imposed legislation still applies.  If you have some niggling worries that you may be breaking employment law unintentionally within your business, then get in touch with The Human Resource on enquiries@thehr.co.uk. We’ll be pleased to arrange an initial review of your existing practices.

 

 

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Familiar faces but a new name for law firm

Word Worker press release A specialist conveyancing, wills and probate law firm in Swindon has changed its name. This month Hoffman Male, which has its headquarters in West Swindon and an office in Bristol, became Hoffman Briggs, to reflect the names of its partners: Mary Hoffman and Yvette Briggs. Set up in 1979 by Roger […]

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Work placement turns into dream job for Carla

Word Worker press release Jobseeker and mum-of-one Carla Hinton has so impressed the bosses of leading Swindon recruitment agency Field, where she went for a work placement, that she’s landed a position at the company. Carla’s is just one of many success stories from TBG Learning, provider of the Government’s Work Programme scheme in Swindon […]

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Talk will show how blogging can boost business

Word Worker press release: Swindon copywriter Angela Atkinson will be telling businesses how blogging can raise their profile. Angela, who runs AA Editorial Services, writes a blog called Born Again Swindonian and has built up a significant following. She’ll be giving a presentation called ‘I wrote a blog and I liked it: how writing a […]

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Banks BHG talk will focus on making a will and the importance of planning

With 75 per cent of people dying without making a will, a talk this month at chartered accountants Banks BHG will focus on the importance of planning ahead. The presentation at the Swindon-based firm on June 29 is the penultimate in Banks BHG’s popular series of free events, before a break for the summer. On[…] Read more »

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Banks BHG team are riding high with their fundraising

Fundraising efforts are moving up a gear as staff at Banks BHG get pedalling for charity. Tracey Heath and Adam Burroughs, part of the team at the Swindon-based chartered accountants, will be in the saddle this weekend (June 12) for a 100km cycle ride for Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospices charity. Adam,[…] Read more »

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Banks BHG team are riding high with their fundraising

Word Worker press release: Fundraising efforts are moving up a gear as staff at Banks BHG get pedalling for charity. Tracey Heath and Adam Burroughs, part of the team at the Swindon-based chartered accountants, will be in the saddle this weekend (June 12) for a 100km cycle ride for Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire […]

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