• Paid volunteering leave – the Conservatives would give a right for employees in companies with 250+ employees (and all public sector employees) to have three days' paid annual leave to volunteer.  
  • National minimum wage – both the Labour and Conservativeparties would increase the NMW from its current £6.50 to £8.00 per hour (Labour by 2019).  The Green Party would increase it to £10 by 2020.  Labour would give tax rebates to companies paying the Living Wage (currently £9.15 in London and £7.85 outside), as well as requiring publicly listed companies to report on whether they are paying the Living Wage.  The Liberal Democrats would require employers to publish the number of employees being paid less than the Living Wage.     
  • A new Bill of Rights and repeal of the Human Rights Act – both the Conservatives and UKIP favour this.  
  • Abolishing the current employment tribunal fee system – Laboursays it will do this; the Liberal Democrats would review it. 

The "elephant in the room" from an employment perspective is of course the possibility of withdrawal from the European Union. TheConservatives promise to hold a referendum by the end of 2017. TheUKIP manifesto considers the potential implications of withdrawal. They say that European employment rights would be incorporated into UK law, whilst conceding that some (the Working Time Directive, for example) would be amended.