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Queen’s Speech: Employment Law implications

BY Gerry O'Hare
Employment Law & HR
BG Purple

In last month’s LAWmail we described the key employment law election pledges of the major parties. What a difference a month makes! Following the tumultuous election results, the Conservative Party has entered into a “confidence and supply” arrangement with the Democratic Unionist Party and as a result Teresa May has substantially amended her legislative plans for the next two years. In the Queen’s Speech delivered on 21st June, details of the amended plans were announced, including some key employment law provisions:


  • National living wage: will rise to 60% of median earnings by 2020, after which it will rise with average earnings.  
  • Immigration: a new Immigration Bill will be introduced to repeal EU law on free movement of workers and will detail the fate of EEA nationals and their families in the post-Brexit era. 
  • Data protection: the government will introduce a new Data Protection Bill to replace the current DPA and implement the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force in May 2018.
  • Employment status: the government has undertaken to review the law on employment status and modern workplace practices when the Taylor Review is published.
  • Women in work: the government has reaffirmed its commitment to make progress in tackling gender pay and discrimination issues, but has not announced any new legislative measures to do so.  

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