The Government proposes to reform key EU-derived regulations in order to reduce burden on employers.
The Government's change of approach on the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill, means we now know that key EU-derived regulations such as the Working Time Regulations and TUPE will not be automatically removed when the Bill passes into law later this year.
The Government nevertheless has plans to reform these regulations in order to make them less burdensome for employers. Consultation has now been launched on the Government's plans, which include the following:
In respect of TUPE, removing the requirement to elect employee representatives for businesses with fewer than 50 employees and transfers affecting fewer than 10 employees. This would allow businesses to consult directly with affected staff in these scenarios.
In respect of the Working Time Regulations, removing the obligation on businesses to keep working time records for almost all members of the workforce, re-introducing the power to roll-up holiday pay, and merging the separate entitlements to 20 days statutory annual leave which derives from EU law, and the further 8 days of statutory annual leave which derives from domestic law.
Consultation on the proposals closes on 7 July 2023.
For more information on these regulations, please contact Michael Halsey in our Employment law team on 020 7665 0842. Alternatively, please complete the form below.