With just over two weeks to go until one of the most anticipated General Elections in UK history, both parties’ manifestos are undergoing intense scrutiny – but what pledges are on the table for employment law?
Before you cast your vote, here are some of the main policies each side are proposing that stand to impact the employer-employee relationship.
Cutting through all the talk surrounding Brexit, the party’s manifesto proposes to “make the UK the best place in the world to work”. Their manifesto can be found here, with employment-related points scattered throughout.
If re-elected, their pledges include:
The manifesto also expands on how the Conservatives’ “Australian-style” points-based immigration system will work, confirming that it will prioritise people who “have a good grasp of English, have been law-abiding citizens in their own countries, and have good education and qualifications”. It also clarifies that most people coming into the country will need a clear job offer.
Labour’s plans aim to tackle job insecurity in the UK and extend workers’ rights. Their manifesto can be found here, with employment issues covered on pages 59–64.
Their pledges include:
With both Labour and the Conservatives proposing some extensive changes to current employment laws and regulations, there is a lot for employers to weigh up before 12 December. Labour’s manifesto promises a real shake-up of current employment law provisions, which has the potential for wide-reaching positive change but may be unnerving for employers, who will be forced to adapt. Meanwhile, the central mantra of “get Brexit done” somewhat overshadows talk of employment law reform in the Conservative’s manifesto, and while they are promising to elevate workers’ rights, the priority is clearly “taking back control”.
As is the way with election manifestos, there isn’t a huge amount of detail about how these pledges will be implemented or how they would ultimately look. Whether all or any of these can be implemented will very much depend on the outcome of the election and whether either of the main parties can gain a significant majority. Most commentators agree that this is perhaps the hardest election to call in some time.
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