Now that the Conservatives have won the election I have attempted to show below their commitments in their manifesto around the area of employment. It is a lot less than if Labour had won but nevertheless you should be aware of what they have promised and be in a position to take steps to see how it will affect your business.
|Employment rights in general
- Create a single enforcement body to police abuses of employment laws.
- Extend the entitlement to leave for unpaid carers to 1 week.
- Give workers the right to request a more predictable contract.
- Review how the self-employed can be better supported, for example by improving their access to finance and credit, making the tax system easier to navigate and improving broadband.
- Review whether the reforms to the IR35 regime in the private sector are the right way forward.
|Equality and diversity
- Publish a National Strategy for Disabled People before the end of 2020 which will look at ways to improve job opportunities and access for disabled people.
- Reduce the disability employment gap.
- Action to protect people from assault or harassment on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or disability.
- Reform redundancy law so that employers cannot discriminate against women when they return from maternity leave.
- Promise to look at ways to made it easier for fathers to take paternity leave.
- New right for parents to take extended leave for neo-natal care.
- Promise to help create higher quality, affordable wrap around and school holiday childcare.
- Encourage flexible working and consult on making it the default position unless the employer has a good reason.
- Increase the National Living Wage to 2/3rds of average earnings and extend it to those aged 21 and over (current age limit is 25).
- Improve incentives to tackle the problem of excessive executive pay and rewards for failure.