The Queen's Speech
In December 2019, the government set out its plans for new employment law legislation in the Queen's Speech. Much of it will be familiar from the Good Work Plan and includes:
- Creating a single labour market enforcement agency to protect the rights of vulnerable workers;
- Requiring employers to pass on all tips and service charges to staff;
- The right for workers to request a more predictable contract after 26 weeks;
- Extending redundancy protection so that women who are pregnant or on maternity leave are protected from the point they tell their employer about their pregnancy until 6 months after they return to work;
- Making flexible working the default position.
These changes could have a significant impact on employer practice and procedure. We will keep you informed if and when these come into law.