Theresa May has now met with the DUP and talks are underway to form a government. The Queen’s speech is set to take place “soon”.

So what does the next five years look like from an employment lawyer’s perspective?

It will be difficult for the conservative government to get major changes through the House of Commons but these are the changes they were proposing in the lead up to the election:

Tax and National Insurance
We were told that a Tory government would increase the personal income tax allowance to £12,500 and higher rate tax would be payable at £50,000. Although plans to increase national insurance contributions for the self-employed were scrapped, the door has been left open for a future review of these.

National Minimum Wage and other Workers’ rights
The Conservatives plan to increase the national living wage “in line with average earnings by 2022” and to increase to 60% of median hourly earnings by 2020 (around £8.75).

The Tories have also promised measures to protect employees’ pensions and that workers’ current rights will remain the same during the Brexit process. Other measures include the notion of worker representation on boards for listed companies to provide vocalisation to the board of worker’s views.

The Tories have said that they will increase the immigration skills charge to companies employing migrant workers to £2000 by 2022.

Equality and Diversity
The Tories propose to extend the current pay gap reporting requirements so that employers of more than 250 would also be required to publish a “race pay gap” as well as a gender pay gap.

The Conservatives are hoping to get one million disabled people into work over the next 10 years, by providing employers with additional support.

The Conservatives also intend to review civil service recruitment to ensure greater diversity and fairness.

They intend to change the protection for mental health sufferers in that people who have suffered from a mental health condition will not need to have suffered for 12 months before they are protected under the Equality Act.

Family Friendly Rights
The Conservatives have promised a statutory right to a year’s unpaid leave to care for a relative and would grant a two-week period of paid leave for parents whose child has died. It will help companies to make shared parental leave work better.

Skills and Qualifications
The Conservative party has proposed replacing 13,000 technical qualifications with new T-levels qualifications, in industries including health and science, creative and design, digital, construction, engineering and manufacturing.

It also proposes to create new institutes of technology, “backed by leading employers”, and link these to universities in every major city in England. It will stick by its promise to create 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020.

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