Employment Cases Update

TUC publishes legal opinion on Brexit and the potential impact on workers rights

Date published: 12/04/2016

Opinion written by Michael Ford QC

The TUC has released an indepdendent legal opinion on the potential impact a Leave vote may have on the rights of UK workers.

The independent legal opinion, commissioned by the TUC from Michael Ford QC of Old Square Chambers, lists the rights that would be most at risk of being diluted or scrapped after Brexit and looks at how EU workplace laws could be disapplied.

The author warns that all "the social rights in employment currently required by EU law would be potentially vulnerable". Most vulnerable would be rights to properly-paid holidays, protections for agency workers, health and safety protections, and protections from some forms of employer discrimination – such as compensation rates, and protections for pregnant workers and older workers.

You can download the full report on the TUC site here.