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What Will the UK Government’s Proposals for Employment Law Reform Mean for Your Business? Reform of Non-compete Provisions

June 2023
Region: Europe

During our two recent webinars we discussed the UK government’s proposed employment law reforms and what they mean for your business.

The government has announced a number of proposed changes to employment law, as part of its review of retained EU law “to ensure that our regulations are tailored to the needs of the UK economy and help create the conditions for growth”.

A number of the proposals can be described as “tinkering around the edges”, but there are two key changes that could have more significant implications for businesses operating in the UK, namely the proposed amendments to the Working Time Regulations 1998 concerning holidays and holiday pay, and the introduction of a three-month statutory time limit on non-compete provisions.

Webinar 1: Reform of Non-compete Provisions

The government has published a response to its consultation on measures to reform post-termination non-compete clauses in contracts of employment, in which it confirms that it intends to introduce a three-month statutory time limit for non-compete provisions in worker and employment contracts.

In the first webinar we covered:

  • A brief overview of the current landscape, including the approach of the UK courts to non-compete provisions
  • The government’s proposals for change – potential benefits and challenges for employers
  • Lessons from overseas – what businesses can learn about protecting their business interests from California where non-compete provisions are void except in very limited circumstances

Download a copy of the presentation materials (pdf).

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