Standing at a crossroad: Brexit and the future of workers’ rights


This report from UK think tank the Work Foundation looks at what divergence from EU employment regulations could mean in practice for different worker groups.

Today, we publish the latest in our Brexit briefing series – Standing at a Crossroad: Brexit and the future of workers’ rights. While the first briefing in the series looked at post-Brexit labour supply and workforce planning, this briefing explores what divergence from EU employment regulations could mean in practice for different worker groups, such as platform workers, agency workers, parents and carers, and those on casual or zero-hour contracts. Informed by an extensive literature review and expert interviews with individuals spanning academia, trade unions and EU agencies, we identify key areas currently within scope for potential deviation below EU minimum standards, including working time regulations, agency worker regulations, caps on compensation claims for discrimination, and exemptions for small businesses. Most significantly, the worker groups who would be most affected by these deviations have been suffering insecurity, low pay and poor working conditions long before Brexit and the onset of Covid-19.

 

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