Seasons Greetings and welcome back to your monthly employment law update, a round up of all the comings and goings of the past month. It is also our final update of the year, and, before beginning the update in earnest, we would like to wish all clients and readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for reading these updates and supporting PJH Law!
Those of you who attended our seminar earlier this month may remember that, like many others, we predicted a small Conservative majority or hung Parliament. That prediction was about as accurate as Back To The Future 2’s prediction of 2015 – where are the hoverboards and 30 minute legal system anyway?
Despite getting the election call wrong, a review of the Conservative Manifesto made the following pledges on employment law:
Enact the Taylor Review to reform employment status
Increase free childcare funding
Improve the apprenticeship levy
Create an employment enforcement body
Increase the NMW to £10.50 by 2024
Introduce the Red Tape Challenge
The Red Tape Challenge mirrored the sentiments of the book Britannia Unchained, authored by four cabinet ministers including Priti Patel and Dominic Raab, which theorised that legislation impeded productivity and British workers were lazy. However, in light of the demolition of the Red Wall, where safe Labour seats in areas like Blyth, Wrexham and Doncaster fell to the Conservatives, do not expect a Tory landslide to signal a monumental shift in favour of employers.
The PM has already spoken about wanting these seats to be more than lent votes to get Brexit done (hopefully the last time we hear that phrase this year). One way to ensure these working class seats remain Tory is winning their long term vote by appeasing new working class former Labour voters.
One of the few things people can say with certainty about Johnson is he wants to win a further election. Do not be surprised if proposals for Tribunal Fee re-introduction are rejected, rights stay largely the same and also to see a large amount of public spending in northern areas.