Stephen Simpson at Brightmine

Stephen Simpson, Principal HR Strategy and Practice Editor, Brightmine.

“With Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announcing the UK general election for Thursday 4 July, it leaves several questions for employers over bills and legislation that are currently under review.

“There is a very brief period between the election being called yesterday and the dissolution of parliament on 30 May, when things might be pushed through by the Government if they are very far along the process.

“Out of the current employment legislation in parliament, one could be classed as falling into this category, the Fire and Rehire code. The Government has already mooted an 18 July commencement date, so it looks like this may be pushed through.

“The Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2024 (sexual harassment changes) and Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023 have both received Royal Assent, however these are complete Acts of Parliament and normally require supporting regulations as well as a commencement order, so I would be very surprised if they are rushed through in time. However, there is nothing to stop a new Government picking them up if it aligns with their priorities.

“Finally, The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023 seems the least likely to proceed as it is effectively a completely new law which would require supporting regulations. There are questions whether this will proceed at all now.”