May 20, 2015

The Conservatives are in!

The Conservatives are in!

But what does this mean for Employment Law legislation? Within their manifesto they stated several issues that the government are looking to cover and fairly quickly, these are:

1. Zero hour contracts – a ban on exclusivity clauses is expected, meaning that if an employee works for an employer on a zero hour contract and has no scheduled work, then they are free to work elsewhere

2. Tax on salary – the personal tax free allowance will increase to £12,500 per year

3. National Minimum Wage – will increase to £6.70 per hour from October 2015 and in addition to this the Conservatives have promised to increase it to £8 per hour by 2020

4. Equality – businesses with more than 250 staff will have to publish the difference in average pay between their female and male employees

5. Tribunal fees – the system within the Employment Tribunal of applicants paying a fee to lodge a claim will continue whereas for example Labour said they would scrap the fee system

We will report back to you as and when these changes are implemented.

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