The effect of Brexit

After the turmoil over Brexit has eventually settled, will Brexit make employing people easier?

A significant proportion of the UK’s employment law comes from the EU and leaving will undoubtedly have an impact upon employment law, some of the areas of employment law that flow from the EU include;
  • Discrimination rights
  • Collective Consultation obligations
  • Transfer of undertakings regulations (TUPE)
  • Family leave
  • Working Time Regulations, and
  • Duties to Agency Workers
The vote to leave the EU will allow the UK government to reverse all EU legislation and change the laws as the government, or the UK as a nation thinks appropriate. However the government is unlikely to immediately remove all EU employment law in a stroke as this would leave an uncertain employment law vacuum which would likely cause damage to industry with uncertainty to employers and employees.

It is far more likely that the government will keep EU law initially and allow the Courts and Judges to decide how these laws are implemented. With Brexit the Courts will ultimately be able to decide cases how they deem appropriate, for the UK, rather than being required to follow prior EU rulings.  

No doubt the Government will monitor the employment law situation and make any changes it feels are appropriate. However it is almost certainly going to seek to support businesses, and employers which will be the sole means of the UK growing its economy outside the EU.

Changes will undoubtedly arise as a result of the Brexit vote however in the immediate future it is appropriate to continue to use and follow existing employment policies/procedures.  

In response to the question, will Brexit make employing people easier?

In reality we can only speculate, but we suspect that the Government will seek to simplify employment law and assist employers and try and make business ‘easier’. The future outside the EU will be a challenge and the Government will be looking to businesses, both large and small, to stabilise and build a strong economy.

We suspect that there will be a significant boost to training within industries on a national basis, as the shortage of skills coupled with the nation’s desire to restrict immigration in some way will result in a need to adequately and appropriately train people. Ultimately there is likely to be a greater emphasis upon businesses to employ and correctly train apprentices.