Post-Brexit questions remain over the future of UK employment law

The Government has faced public calls to give assurances that key pieces of workplace legislation will not be removed following Britain’s departure from the EU.

Prime Minister Theresa May had previously announced that a Great Repeal Bill would enshrine existing EU laws into British legislation as part of the process of leaving the 28-nation bloc.

However, subsequent comments by David Jones, a Minister in the Department for Exiting the EU, had indicated that the Bill may only convert laws where it is “practical.” This has reopened speculation about whether the Government will adopt employment rights wholesale or select the laws that it wants to keep.

Some MPs have suggested the Bill should carry a “sunset clause”, which would mean that EU laws expire after a fixed period unless they are explicitly endorsed by the Government.

Labour MP Melanie Onn said she was concerned that legislation relating to redundancies, discrimination and health and safety was at particular risk.

“I suspect there will be an incremental loss over a period of time,” she said.

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