Whilst all the polls for the General Election predicted a hung parliament, the Conservative Party have in fact secured a majority. What does this mean for employment law issues in the next parliament? Here are details of the employment pledges contained within the Conservative Party’s manifesto:
- National Minimum Wage would rise to £6.70 per hour this year, on course to be over £8 per hour by the end of the decade
- Legislation to make exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts unlawful
- Halve the disability employment gap by transforming “policy, practice and public attitudes, so that hundreds of thousands more disabled people who can and want to be in work find employment”
- Push businesses to reduce the pay equality gap by requiring companies with more than 250 employees to publish differential pay data
- Replace the current Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights
- Major reform of trade union rights, including increasing the turnout threshold required in any ballot relating to industrial action.
More details are likely to emerge in the coming weeks and months and we will report on that as soon as they do.