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Employment law, but not as we know it!

The Conservative Party Conference has provided no shortage of news for employment lawyers everywhere. As of Monday, all new regulations under development will start with the assumption that the any reporting requirements won't apply to businesses with fewer than 500 employees - a huge departure from the previous threshold of only 50 employees. This will be the starting assumption when drafting or reviewing regulations, but apparently it can be overridden as policies are developed if there's a justifiable reason to do so.

There's more too - Jacob Rees-Mogg, the business secretary, was said to have a number of ideas (including removing all employment rights for those who earn more than £50,000 per year) and, whilst apparently the Prime Minister has put a lot of those ideas to one side, the concept of removing employment rights for those earning more than £100,000 per year could still be in play.

This continues the momentum from the government which appears to indicate that employment law as we know may have its days numbered. It's a case of wait and see, but in the context of the EU Retained Law Bill, we could see a very different employment outlook in the future.

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