The Queen's Speech was delivered on 14 October at the State Opening of Parliament. It set out the Government's plans for legislation in the next session of Parliament.
These measures will be of interest to in-house employment lawyers and HR professionals:
Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
This Bill will bring an end to free movement in UK law, to ensure that the Government can deliver a new points-based immigration system from 2021. It will make EU citizens arriving after January 2021 subject to the same UK immigration controls as non-EU citizens. It will clarify the immigration status of Irish citizens once the free movement migration framework is repealed. This means that Irish citizens will generally not require leave to enter or remain in the UK.
Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill
This Bill aims to promote fairness for workers by creating legal obligations on employers to pass on all tips to workers in full and, where they distribute tips amongst workers, to do so on a fair and transparent basis.
The Government committed to continue to deliver on the commitments set out in the Good Work Plan, ensuring that our employment practices keep pace with modern ways of working and productivity is enhanced. No further details were given.
Pension Schemes Bill
This will support pension saving in the 21st century, putting protection of people’s pensions at its heart. It will create a legislative framework for the introduction of pensions dashboards to allow people to access their information from most pensions schemes in one place online for the first time.
Since this session may be cut short by a general election and the Government does not have a majority in Parliament, it may be difficult for it to get this legislation passed.