The UK general election on 8 June produced a surprise result for many. In a bruising result the Conservatives lost their overall majority, leaving them to form a minority government with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). At the time of going to press a deal had just been finalised.

In line with other major parties’ pre-election manifestos, the Conservatives’ policies contained much on worker and HR-related issues, including corporate governance, executive pay, skills, immigration, and the gig economy.

Workers’ rights featured heavily. This included increasing the National Living Wage to 60% of median earnings by 2020, measures to protect workers’ pensions, and a statutory right to a year’s unpaid leave to care for a relative. Equally, protecting gig economy workers and the self-employed featured, with the Taylor Review a key element.

But the election result has raised questions on how much power the minority government now has to force these pledges through. The Queen’s Speech added to this uncertainty.

As the official employment law partner of HR Magazine and providers of HR Legal Service, ESP Law lawyers are in constant touch with changes to the law and the challenges facing business’ HR functions so they can offer timely best practice advice. In a recent HR magazine article, ESP Law Senior Solicitor, Lucy Gordon, talks about the HR issues that are hanging in the balance due to current political uncertainty. 

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