‘Smarter Regulation to Grow the Economy’

12 May 2023

The above titled policy paper published by the Department for Business and Trade on 10 May 2023 sets out new employment law measures intended to cut costs to business.

The measures include (i) removing reporting requirements from the Working Time Regulations 1998, (ii) making businesses with less than 50 employees exempt from the TUPE obligation to elect employee representatives to consult over transfers and (iii) limiting the legally enforceable period of a non-compete restrictive covenant to three months.

The headline is that the measures take advantage of our departure from the EU while maintaining UK labour standards, but many will see the proposed changes as falling short of the ‘bonfire of red tape’ often championed by the pro Brexit lobby.   


Daniel Hobbs

Call 1998

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