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Liverpool Employment Law Update: Post-Election News

Laws concerning employment were hot topic in the run up to the May 2015 General Election. With so many plans and promises being discussed, let’s go through what the most likely outcomes are now that the Conservatives are here for the next five years. It is much easier to try to work out what legislation will be likely to be implemented by the party  now that we have already had five years of their Government but some areas of policy do still remain vague.

Zero Hour Contracts

Rightfully a cause for concern and debate, zero hour contracts were the subject of much scrutiny and disdain. Labour had wanted to introduce much stricter controls involving a requirement that employees working regular hours for more than 12 weeks would have a right to a regular contract although this wasn’t something that the Conservative party were in favour of. They took the view that there were many people in this country who would welcome the opportunity to work flexible hours. Legislation is expected however to ban what is known as exclusivity clauses, that currently prevent people in zero hour contracts from seeking work with other businesses to boost their employment hours.

Minimum Wage

An ongoing area of interest in the UK is minimum wage. This time, the Conservatives haven’t made any specific promises other than they want to see an increase to the National Minimum Wage. The party has accepted recommendations that the wage rise to £6.70 this autumn. Predictions based on the rate of increase thus far, would project that the rate will have reached £8 an hour by the end of the decade.

The Pay Gap

The Conservatives plan to make sure that companies with over 250 employees publish figures showing the differences between the average pay of male and female employees.

Employment Tribunals

Labour wanted to call for the fees introduced by the coalition but the Conservatives didn’t address the issue in their manifesto. It isn’t thought that they have any plans to repeal any of the changes that they previously introduced. The retaining of the system is something that would be welcomed by the business community who believe that the fees have stopped employees from pursuing claims.

Industrial Action and Strikes

The business secretary Sajid Javid has signalled that he is going to push ahead with plans that will make it more difficult to strike. Under proposals to tighten up strike laws, public sector strikes would be illegal unless at least 40% of eligible staff vote in favour of the action and there is a turn- out of at least 50%.

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