In December 2019, the government set out its plans for new employment law legislation in the Queen’s Speech. Much of it will be familiar from the Good Work Plan and includes:
- Creating a single labour market enforcement agency to protect the rights of vulnerable workers;
- Requiring employers to pass on all tips and service charges to staff;
- The right for workers to request a more predictable contract after 26 weeks;
- Extending redundancy protection so that women who are pregnant or on maternity leave are protected from the point they tell their employer about their pregnancy until 6 months after they return to work;
- Making flexible working the default position.
These changes could have a significant impact on employer practice and procedure. We will keep you informed if and when these come into law.
January 2nd 2020