Employment Election Special

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Last Friday we discovered that we are likely to have a Conservative majority government for the next 5 years. To help you prepare for any changes in employment law in this time we have set out their key employment aims (as described in their manifesto):

Zero hours contracts Ban exclusivity clauses (which prohibit employees from working for another employer) in zero hours contracts.   The legislation to do this already exists but as we have previously reported the legislation needs to be implemented. [This was implemented on 26 May 2015]
National Minimum Wage (NMW) Increase the National Minimum Wage (NMW) (currently £6.50) to £6.70 by autumn 2015 with a view to increasing it to over £8 an hour by the end of 2020.
Tax Increase the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 so anyone earning less than £12,500 will not pay income tax.   This means that anyone on the NMW who works 30 hours per week or less will not pay any income tax. The increase personal allowance will be linked to the NMW.   This change should be brought in the next Budget.

No rise in National Insurance contributions.

Equality Getting more disabled people into work.

Requiring employers with more than 250 employees to publish the difference between the average pay of their male and female employees.

Replacing the Human Rights Act with the British Rights Bill with the aim of breaking the link between British court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Providing those with treatable but serious medical conditions with the right treatment to enable them to get back into work and penalising them when they refuse treatment.

Apprentices Creating 3 million more apprenticeships in the next 5 years.
Unions/strike action Require a minimum 40% turnout (in addition to a majority vote) before strikes can be valid in the health, transport, fire and education sectors.

Limiting the time between a ballot and strike action.

Childcare Increase the entitlement to free childcare to 30 hours for working parents of three and four year olds.
Volunteer leave Introducing 3 days of volunteering leave for employees working in the public sector or for companies that have 250 or more employees.
Public sector Cap redundancy payments in the public sector to £95,000 & require repayment of particular payments where the employee returns to work within a prescribed period.