The UK will continue to be bound by EU laws until another agreement is reached or until the UK unilaterally withdraws from the EU, which cannot be earlier than two years from the date the exit notice is served.
This means that all employers will have to continue to follow all existing UK laws during this two year period. European directives have been implemented via primary legislation in the UK and the UK Government will have to decide whether to amend or repeal these. They will not however fall away automatically, simply because of Brexit. These include directives that regulate:
- Working time and holiday entitlement
- Collective redundancies
- Agency workers
Employers will not therefore suddenly be able to insist that their staff work over 48 hours per week or take fewer holidays.
If you’re concerned about how Brexit will affect your business, contact our employment law experts for advice. Call us free on 0808 271 2602 or send our referendum team an email with any questions.