Government Backs New Laws on Carers, Sexual Harassment, Flexible Working, Redundancy Protection and More: The Employment Bill by the Back Door?

Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 23 November 2022
Lee Nair
Lewis Silkin (NI)LLP
Issues covered: Legislative changes; Flexible Working; Redundancy; Carers Leave

Back in 2019, the government announced a new Employment Bill. A pandemic and two prime ministers later, it has not appeared. But several Private Members’ Bills now cover much of the same ground and have gained government support. Employment law reform now looks likely to be ushered in by the back door.

We have written in detail about this previously, but it is useful to start with a brief recap on what the Employment Bill was expected to cover:

  • Making flexible working the default
  • Extending redundancy protection for pregnancy and maternity
  • Leave for neonatal care
  • Leave for unpaid carers
  • Tips to go to workers in full
  • The right to request a more predictable contract
  • A single enforcement body

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This article is correct at 23/11/2022

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Lee Nair
Lewis Silkin (NI)LLP

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