The Government has confirmed that there will be no change to workers’ rights and protections in the event of a no deal Brexit. They will continue to have the same rights as they do now such as flexible working and parental leave.
The EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 will translate EU legislation into UK law, with some minor amendments to reflect the fact that the UK will no longer be a member of the EU.
There may, however, be some implications for workers’ rights in the event of employer insolvency. For example, employees that work in an EU country for a UK based employer might not always be protected under the national guarantee established in that country. European works councils might also be affected. No new requests to set up a European works council will be able to be made but provisions will be put in place to allow existing councils to continue. Organisations with European work councils should review any agreements made if there are no reciprocal arrangements between the UK and the EU.