With the election only a week away, we consider what the three main parties have planned in the employment sphere if elected.
High on the agenda is a clampdown on zero hours contracts, with all three parties promising to eradicate workers being compelled to work for just the one employer. Labour and the Liberal Democrats also pledge to give employees a right to request regular hours after they have worked for a certain amount of time.
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is another prominent feature of the party manifestos, with both Conservatives and Labour pledging to increase NMW to over £8 by 2020. The Liberal Democrats promise to increase NMW for apprentices and improve enforcement action against employers who avoid paying NMW.
The hotly debated issue of employment tribunal fees also features. Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have promised a review of the system, albeit neither has gone so far as to suggest they will abolish the fees.
Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats are committed to staying in the EU, while the Conservatives’ British Bill of Rights proposes to sever the formal link with the European Court of Human Rights, so that its judgments are no longer binding on the UK.
As always, it remains to be seen which, if any, of the proposals will actually see the light of day!