Wednesday, 29 March 2017, didn’t start out as being a big day for UK news. It was the 88th day in the Gregorian calendar, and Elle Macpherson celebrated her birthday, and then it all got a bit more serious as Teresa May triggered article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to commence the process of exiting the EU. So it turned out to be rather a momentous day after all. The next day was almost as important as the Government published the Great Repeal Bill which, when enacted, will immediately stop EU law applying in the UK after we leave the EU, but also bring the current body of EU law into UK law. So, the end of March 2017 will probably not be remembered for a certain person’s birthday, but for rather more significant matters - the beginning of a period of huge change for the UK (and for the EU).The fear of an erosion of rights has been raised by the Women and Equalities Select Committee who have concerns that, after the Great Repeal Bill becomes law, the Government will systematically pick off certain laws for repeal that it considers are damaging to the UK’s economic growth (including employment laws). They are calling on the Government to insert a non-regression clause in the Bill to ensure that the current discrimination protections currently enjoyed by workers are maintained.Talking of workers’ protection, this is a very hot topic for the Government and employers at present and unlikely to go away any time soon as cases concerning employment status are currently making national news headlines.If you want to know more about the current state of Brexit, and employment status, and everything else that’s new in employment law, including gender pay reporting and equal pay matters, IR35 in the public sector, how discrimination law works and who it protects, and important new case law, then come along to one of the 12 Law on Tour workshops that are running throughout Great Britain in April and May.Delegates tell us that they thoroughly enjoy attending the workshop and find it invaluable, not only because it is a one stop shop for an employment law update, and offers the chance to discuss important topics with people from different organisations, but also because of the comprehensive course documentation provided.We’d love to see you at one of the venues, and whether you’re a seasoned ’tour-goer’, or trying it out for the first time, my co-tutor John Fenton and I will pull out all the stops to make the day both highly informative and enjoyable for you. To make your booking, click here.
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