Queen’s Speech: Brexit, employment rights and tenancies
Published: 3 July 2017
The Queen’s Speech announcing the government’s plans for the coming two years was dominated with Brexit as was widely expected.
Eight of the 27 new bills were related in some way to our future relationship with the European Union and the rest of the world.
The impact on business will largely depend on the outcome of
the complex negotiations that could last several years. However, there were
some indications of the government’s thinking and how that might affect
business and employees.
The Repeal Bill will repeal the 1972 European Communities
Act and convert EU law into UK law. This means that in the initial stages of
the withdrawal, EU laws, directives and regulations will remain in place.
The government will then amend or repeal them over time. Any
suggestion that this might lead to a reduction in employment rights seemed to
be addressed in the speech.
“The National Living Wage will be increased so that people
who are on the lowest pay benefit from the same improvements in earnings as
higher paid workers. My ministers will seek to enhance rights and protections
in the modern workplace.
“My government will make further progress to tackle the
gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their race,
faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation.”
There was also a commitment to provide a better deal for tenants
in rented accommodation.
“Proposals will be brought forward to ban unfair tenant
fees, promote fairness and transparency in the housing market, and help ensure
more homes are built.”
We shall keep clients informed of developments.
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