Brexit and Employment Law

Background It has been claimed that over the years of EU membership that  EU employment and social legislation has been a drag on UK productivity. It is claimed that the UK’s international competitiveness could be regained or increased by deregulation of the labour market. The UK originally opted out of the Social Charter, before the1997 […]

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Atypical Worker Protection

Fixed Term Workers An EU directive establishes minimum requirements relating to fixed-term work. The purpose is to ensure equal treatment of workers and prevent abuse arising from successive employment contracts. The directive covers fixed-term workers including seasonal workers. It does not cover workers placed at the disposal of an employer or user by a temporary […]

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Working Hours

Working Time The EU working time directives lay down general requirements in relation to the organization of working time. It deals with provisions of daily, weekly, rest, annual leave, night work and shift work. Working time is the period during which the worker is working at the employer’s disposal and carrying out his activity and […]

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Information and Consultation

Terms of Employment The EU has enacted a number of directives designed to keep employees informed of basic information in respect of their employment. There is a directive which requires that employees be told details of their terms of employment. It applies to all paid employees with a contract of the employment relationship. Some exclusions […]

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Employment Equality

Early Developments and Gender Pay The EU treaty provides the principle of equality of treatment in employment.  The provisions of equality have had a dramatic effect on employment equality through the European Union. This is a fundamental part of the common market.  The European Union has also introduced directives in the area of paternity and […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Workers’ Councils

Brussels, 28 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS RULES IN THE FIELD OF INFORMATION AND CONSULTATION OF WORKERS AT TRANSNATIONAL LEVEL The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal […]

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Workplace Rights UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice informs businesses, workers and citizens of the UK’s plans to continue workplace protections in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place. This government firmly believes in the importance of strong labour protections. Amendments we are putting in place will ensure legal certainty […]

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