We outline five hot employment law issues that HR professionals need to prepare for in the UK. These are:
- The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: The bill is currently going through the legislative process in Parliament. It is expected to be passed into law later this year. This bill could create legal uncertainty for employee and employer rights on the sale of a business, working time, guaranteed paid holidays and equality of treatment for part-time and fixed-term workers.
- The upcoming Employment Tribunal fees review: The review is being conducted by the Ministry of Justice, and it is expected to consider a range of options, including:
Abolishing fees altogether.
Reducing the level of fees.
Introducing a means-tested system of fees.
Introducing a system of legal aid for employment tribunal claims.
The government has announced that it will review the current employment tribunal fees system, which could lead to changes in the way that employees bring claims against their employers.
- The rise of the gig economy: In the UK, the number of people working in the gig economy is estimated to be around 4.7 million. This represents around 10% of the UK workforce. The gig economy is growing rapidly in the UK, and this raises a number of employment law issues, such as whether gig workers are entitled to the same rights as traditional employees.
- The potential for a four-day working week: There is growing interest in the four-day working week, and this could have a significant impact on employment law, such as the need to review working time regulations.
- The increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace: AI is increasingly being used in the workplace, and this raises a number of employment law issues, such as the need to protect employees from discrimination and the need to ensure that AI systems are fair and transparent.
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