Employment Bill introduced
Implementation date: To be confirmed
The key proposals under the Employment Bill, as announced in the Queen's speech in 2019, include:
- extending redundancy protections to prevent pregnancy and maternity discrimination;
- introducing neonatal leave and pay;
- providing one week of unpaid leave for carers;
- making flexible working the default unless the employer has good reason not to;
- giving workers who have irregular hours the right to request a more predictable employment contract;
- ensuring workers retain their tips in full; and
- establishing a new single labour enforcement body for employment rights.
The Government announced that the measures in the Bill will be brought forward when parliamentary time allows. However, the Government has not, to date, introduced the Bill and it was not mentioned in the Queen's speech on 11 May 2021 or the Queen's speech on 10 May 2022.