The Queen’s Speech on 19 June 2017 put immigration and data protection at the top of the UK government’s employment law priorities:
- A new Data Protection Bill was announced to implement the new EU General Data Protection Regulation. The new law will give people greater rights over their personal data, including the right to be forgotten.
- A new Immigration Bill will be introduced to address the immigration status of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and the forthcoming repeal of EU “freedom of movement” law. The status of EU nationals and their families will be made subject to relevant UK law provisions after Brexit.
- The National Living Wage will increase to 60 percent of median earnings by 2020, after which it will continue to rise in line with average earnings.
- While the UK government has stated it will continue to tackle the gender pay gap and aim to reduce discrimination on all grounds, no new measures have been announced.