The Kings Speech – Employment Law Updates

27th November 2023

Senior Associate, Claire Hollins discusses changes to employment law that were stated in The Kings Speech.

The Kings Speech, delivered in the House of Lords on 7 November 2023, was notable for the absence of the Employment Law Bill, which has been expected since 2019.  There has also been no further mention of the Government’s plan to limit post termination non-compete clauses in contracts to three months (something that we previously spoke about in the June 2023 E-bulletin).

Nevertheless, there are some other changes in the pipeline for employers to consider once we receive the detail in the form of further regulation, which include:

  1. Changes to the flexible working regime;
  2. Extended redundancy protection for pregnant employees and/or parents returning from adoption and shared parental leave;
  3. Right to take carers leave;
  4. Neonatal care leave and pay;
  5. Right for casual workers to have predictable working patterns; and
  6. Minimum service levels for specified public services during strikes.
  7. Holiday pay

We will be discussing some of these changes at our next HR Breakfast on 7 December 2023 – press here to register.

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