With only 2 days to go to the General Election, this month’s Employment Round-Up takes a look at the recently published party manifestos and the employment related issues these raise. The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour parties have all published manifestos making various pledges which impact on employment law. These include pledges in relation to pay transparency, zero hours contracts and equality in the workplace, but what do these key policy statements mean for employers and those dealing with HR related issues?
The Labour Party published its manifesto on 13 April 2015, following its two previous manifesto papers. This manifesto promises to “push up standards and boost activity by implementing commitments in Labour’s Workplace and Business manifestos” with the foreword alleging that “Britain will only succeed when working people succeed”. The Conservative Party released its manifesto on 14 April 2015, stating that its aim is to achieve full employment in Britain and attain the highest employment rate of any major economy, proposing “strong leadership” and “a brighter, more secure future”. The Liberal Democrats (“Lib Dems”) published their manifesto on 15 April 2015, promising a more equal society in which there are “more jobs in our economy, with steadily higher wages and better employment rights”, with Nick Clegg depicting the Party as the “heart to a Conservative Government and a brain to a Labour one”. So, how do these outlines translate for employers?