Employment law: How Might Labour’s Proposals Affect You As An Employer?

how labours manifesto could change employment law in the UK

Come the 4th July 2024, should Labour come out top in the UK’s General Election we could see big changes from existing employment law. 

Employment law: How Might Labour’s Proposals Affect You As An Employer?

The Party’s manifesto outlines a multitude of changes to employment legislation which they have committed to introducing within 100 days- So things on the employment horizon could change quickly in 2024! 

We are here to help you understand what could be coming for employment law.

Key changes in the manifesto include;

Removal of qualifying periods for employment rights; allowing employees to claim unfair dismissal, access statutory sick pay and take parental leave from day one. This would provide employees with greater job security, but also increase the risks for employers, who must manage dismissal processes more carefully.

Single Worker status; granting all workers the same basic rights, and banning zero-hour contracts for anybody who works regular hours for 12 weeks or more.

 “Fire and rehire” practice banned; preventing employers from forcing contractual changes through dismissal and rehire tactics. This would make introducing new terms of employment which are challenged by employees difficult even where vital for the business’ success.

A “right to switch off” policy; seeks to enhance work-life balance by allowing employees to disengage from work outside regular hours, combating burnout.

Extension of the employment tribunal claim period; from three to six months, potentially increasing the volume of claims while reducing immediate litigation pressures.

Be prepared for employment law changes by joining our workshop

Get ahead of any changes arising from the election, by joining our face-to-face the 1-Day Employment Law Workshop on 18th July in Canterbury, Kent where we will be providing all the latest employment law changes following the general election. 

Contact us today to book your place at info@saxonhrconsultancy.co.uk