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Employment law consultations aplenty this Autumn

10th September 2019

Employment law consultations aplenty this Autumn

This summer has been an unusually busy one for government announcements and consultations on proposed changes to employment law. Although it is not guaranteed that these proposals will become law, particularly given the current political uncertainties, these are a strong indicator of the direction of travel.  Sarah Everton, employment law expert with Myers & Co Solicitors in Stoke-on-Trent, outlines the proposals.

Tackling harassment at work

The #MeToo campaign continues to set the agenda. Last year, a Parliamentary select committee produced a report on workplace harassment. In particular, the select committee was struck by how the protection from the “long-standing and endemic problem” of workplace harassment varied according to the individual’s employment status and who was the harasser.

In response, the government set out a raft of proposals. This consultation ends on 2 October 2019. Proposals include:

Protecting workers in the gig economy

A second big theme is the rights of vulnerable workers in the gig economy and workers on zero-hours contracts. Back in 2017, the Taylor review of modern working practices was published along with suggestions from the Law Pay Commission on addressing ‘one-sided flexibility’. The government’s response, the Good Work Plan, which it bills as ‘the largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation’, is still being put into effect.

The government is consulting on the following:

Shake-up of family-friendly leave

Encouraging fathers to take more paternity leave is one aim of proposals to overhaul family-friendly leave and pay arrangements. The government is seeking views on:

Reducing health-related job loss

To support disabled people and those with long-term health conditions to stay in work, (In a consultation which ends on 7 October 2019) the government proposes measures including:

Following consultation earlier this year, the government also announced its commitment to introducing new laws, when Parliament has time, on the following:

Finally, the government announced its intention to reform the law on criminal record disclosure to help ex-offenders into work. More details should follow later in the year.

For advice on how these changes could affect your business or any other employment issue, please contact Sarah Everton in the employment law team on 01782 525 012 or email sarah.everton@myerssolicitors.com.


This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Please note that the law may have changed since this article was published.