Theresa May has promised to protect workers rights and even extend them after we leave the EU. She has received praise from many quarters for saying so and employment lawyers, who have seen drastic and alarming changes and proposals over the past few years, may be breathing a sigh of relief.
This does not, however, sit comfortably with the hints from Chancellor Philip Hammond that the British economy may have to go in a very different direction and 'deregulate'. This is code no doubt for stripping away things which may stand in the way of making business easy i.e. workers rights. There is much uncertainty ahead, but those with an interest and expertise in the good functioning of employee relations are well advised to keep a close eye on this and make their voices heard.
“It is particularly welcome that the Prime Minister confirmed that the protections afforded to workers through current employment legislation will continue. Many EU-derived regulations provide vital workplace protections and workers up and down the country will be reassured by the news that their rights will not be sacrificed as part of any deal" - Peter Cheese, CIPD Chief Executive