The Queen’s Speech and employment law implications


 

In the Queen’s Speech, on 21 June 2017,  employment legislation that the government intends to introduce in the 2017-2019 Parliamentary session was outlined, as follows:

  • National living wage – this will rise to 60% of median earnings by 2020 will continue to increase in line with average earnings
  • Data protection – The Data Protection Act 1998 will be replaced by a new Data Protection Bill which will bring data protection legislation up to date for the digital age to provide individuals with greater control over their personal data including the right to be forgotten.  It will also implement the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to enable the UK to share data with EU member states following Brexit.
  • Taylor Review – a report is due to be published shortly on the so called “gig economy” and measures that may be taken in relation to employment practices including zero hours contracts.
  • Immigration – the Immigration Bill will introduce a new national policy on immigration including in relation to the status of European Economic Area EEA nationals.  The Bill will enable the Government to repeal EU law on immigration – mainly free movement – which would otherwise have been saved and adopted into UK law by the Repeal Bill.  The migration of EU nationals and their family members will be made subject to relevant UK law after Brexit.
  • Gender pay gap and discrimination – the Government has stated its intention to reduce the gender pay gap and discrimination. No new measures have yet been announced.