The UK and the EU have reached an agreement on the arrangements following the Brexit transition period.
Part of the agreement sets out provisions to ensure a ‘level playing-field’ in respect of labour and social standards. This means that the UK will not weaken or reduce its laws in these areas in such a way that it affects trade or investment. This will extend to fundamental rights at work, health and safety, fair working conditions, employment standards, information and consultation rights and restructuring of undertakings.
If there is any allegation of an impact on trade or investment then this must be based on reliable evidence. Any dispute will be referred to a panel OF experts following a 90-day discussion period.
This provides some reassurance that there will not be any immediate large-scale overhaul of UK employment law.
Posted on January 15, 2021