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Queen's Speech - employment aspects

An Employment Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19th December 2019, contains various proposals of interest to the HR professional.

As foreshadowed in the Conservative Party’s manifesto and various on-going consultations, the measures to be included in the draft Bill include the following:

  • setting up a single enforcement body to protect workers’ rights
  • ensuring tips left to workers go to them in full
  • introducing a new right for all workers to request a more predictable contract
  • extending redundancy protections to prevent pregnancy and maternity discrimination
  • making flexible working the default position, unless employers can justify not offering it (subject to an as yet unpublished consultation)
  • allowing parents to take extended leave for neonatal care, and
  • introducing one week’s leave for unpaid carers

There is, as yet, no timetable for the Bill’s introduction.