I have been assured that the Government is committed to maintaining and enhancing workers’ rights following the UK’s departure from the EU. The Working Time Directive has been transposed into UK law through the Working Time Regulations 1998, and under the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018, these and other regulations have been retained.
The Government has been clear that there will be no reduction in workers’ rights. This means that the 48-hour weekly working limit derived from the Working Time Directive, the annual leave entitlement, legal rights to breaks at work, and other protections are not under threat. In fact, the annual leave entitlement in this country is already higher than EU requirements.
Furthermore, the Government has set out plans to enhance workers’ rights and make workplaces fairer. I am proud to have been elected on a manifesto that committed to creating a new single enforcement body for labour market abuses to give greater protections for workers. I am also proud that, in government, the Conservatives have introduced the national living wage and shared parental leave and pay, and I look forward to building on this positive record.