Conditions of Employment: EU Law

Department for Business and Trade written question – answered on 16th May 2023.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Written Statement of 10 May 2023, HCWS764 on Regulatory Reform Update, what steps she plans to take to improve employment law.

Photo of Kevin Hollinrake Kevin Hollinrake Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)

We have identified several regulations where we see opportunities for improvements following our exit from the EU, including the Working Time Regulations and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment), or ‘TUPE’, Regulations.

We will reduce time-consuming reporting requirements under the Working Time Regulations, which could save employers around £1bn a year. We are also simplifying annual leave and holiday pay calculations in the Working Time Regulations, and streamlining regulations that apply when a business transfers to a new owner.

These proposals do not seek to remove rights, but instead remove unnecessary bureaucracy in the way those rights operate, allowing business to benefit from the additional freedoms we have through Brexit.

The consultation on these proposals can be found here.

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