What does Brexit and Lockdown mean for employers in 2021?

It’s been said that death and taxes are the only certainties in life, but employers may wish to add a third – changes to employment law. Both caused by Brexit and the pandemic, and independent of them, reforms haven’t ceased.

Marianne McJannett, an employment lawyer at TC Young and I discussed what impact the new free trade agreement with the EU and the pandemic means for employers and employee rights. For example, will we be waving goodbye to the furlough scheme due to end in April 2021  and hello to a flurry of flexible working requests? 

Other developments in employment law expected this year include:

  • The reintroduction of gender pay gap reporting
  • National Minimum Wage increases
  • Consultation around employee non-competing clauses which prevent employees working for other companies
  • Also some interesting cases regarding employees that “sleep in”
  • And with employment law regulations now resting with Westminster what changes can we expect? 

Watch back the webinar to find out all you need to be aware of and plan for in 2021 as an employer.


With guidance changing so frequently, we are doing our best to keep you up to date. The information provided in the recording above is our understanding at this point in time (19th January 2021), however, as more and different advice becomes available this position may change, and we will update accordingly. This is an evolving and unfolding situation, and we take the view that various measures may need to be applied for different sets of circumstances at an appropriate time. We as a team are available to discuss with you what measures are available to you.

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