For the last few decades much of Britain’s employment laws have been based on EU directives and legislation. Unfortunately it is not clear what if anything will change, indeed it is important to remember that the Brexit capmapigners have no actual control over these laws even if we leave the EU as the majority are not in Government.
Here’s a few of the main issues:
Transfer of Employment
A set of regulations called TUPE which ensure that employment and conditions are transferred when a business or services changes ownership. This offers significant protection for employees and their terms of services. Will a UK government carry on with TUPE.
The EU has introduced a lot of protection for agency workers ensuring that if they work for 12 weeks they will be entitled to the same basic working and employment conditions of permanent workers recruited directly by the company. This was extremely controversial in the UK and it’s distinctly possible that this will be replaced.
Health and Safety
The EU has introduced a lot of health and safety legislation often with a lot of opposition in the UK, many who argue that it is burdensome and oppressive. It is unclear how much would be retained or replaced.
Another areas heavily influenced by European law, in fact pretty much all of the UK discrimination laws have an EU component. Protections on grounds of disability, sex, race and religion have all been strengthened by EU law. Although possible that these could be weakened following an exit from the EU it is probably unlikely this would happen.
Another important area that has been influenced by the European Union. Latest improvements include the rulings that holiday pay should include their full earnings rather than just the basic salary. Many expect this to change if a UK government had the ability to control this issue.
Digital Market Place
An important area that is currently in development, many UK citizens earn their living online making and selling digital services and computer software like Identity Cloaker. Overall the market for digital products across the world is confusing tangle of conflicting rights and regulations. The EU is trying to produce a single market for digital products to help alleviate this situation.
John Williams, IP Cloaker, Black Swan Productions, 2015