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What the General Election means for employment law

What the General Election means for employment law

Despite all the polls prior to the General Election predicting a hung parliament, it was the Conservative Party in fact managed to secure a majority. As it’s what we do, we thought we’d let you know how this outcome may affect employment law in the future.

Here are the details of the employment pledges that featured in the Conservative Party’s manifesto:

  • Replace the current Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights
  • Legislation to make exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts unlawful
  • National Minimum Wage would rise to £6.70 per hour this year, on course to be over £8 per hour by the end of the decade
  • Reform trade union rights, including increasing the turnout threshold required in any ballot relating to industrial action.
  • Increase the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 - so anyone earning less than £12,500 will not pay income tax.
  • Half the disability employment gap by transforming ‘policy, practice and public attitudes, so that hundreds of thousands more disabled people who can and want to be in work find employment’
  • Encourage businesses to reduce the pay equality gap by requiring companies with more than 250 employees to publish differential pay data

Of course, more details are likely to come to light in the coming weeks and months but according to the manifesto, the party's aim is to achieve full employment in Britain, with the highest employment rate of any major economy. It proposes to do this by ‘backing British businesses’.

They have promised to cut red tape, lower taxes on jobs and enterprises, get young people into work, and boost apprenticeships.

The Conservatives plan to eliminate exclusivity in zero hours contracts by bringing section 153 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEEA 2015) into force, which will make exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts unenforceable.

They will support the national minimum wage and want to see real-term increases to national minimum wage to £6.70 by autumn 2015 with a view to increasing the NMW to over £8 an hour by the end of 2020. They will also increase the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500, so by the end of 2020, people who work for 30 hours a week on the increased National Minimum Wage will no longer pay any income tax.

We will keep you informed on any new information that arises over the coming months. If you have any questions about how any of this could affect you personally, or you business, then please do not hesitate to call us on – 01159 985245and speak to a member of our friendly team.