Employers want significant change to employment rights post-Brexit


Employers want to see a significant change to certain employment rights, post-Brexit, according to a recent survey.

The survey, conducted by GQ Employment Law found that as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, employers are expressing a demand for significant change in certain areas, such as discrimination law and sick leave.

While the research found that only five per cent of businesses were looking for major change in employment law post-Brexit, 65 per cent of employers were looking to see some change.

The survey revealed that 71 per cent of those surveyed would like rules allowing employees on long-term sick to roll over their annual leave to be removed.

Of those surveyed, 65 per cent said they would like to see changes to discrimination and equal pay laws, while 28 per cent would like to see a cap on awards for these laws.

Over half would also like requirements to pay employees an amount for overtime during holiday to be reversed.

Speaking about the results of the survey, Paul Quain, Partner at GQ Employment Law said, “The hope is likely to be that Brexit is seen as an opportunity to improve UK employment laws – making them as efficient, but also as fair, as possible to both employers and employees.”

“Whilst in the grand scheme of things employment law is unlikely to be a key area of focus, it will be interesting to see what changes are, in fact, introduced – and how these are received by the UK’s business community.”

“Our survey suggests that employers accept that many of the employment laws in the UK provide a minimum level of rights for employees, so the Government would need to approach reforms with caution.”

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