Conservative manifesto: New rights to time off work – Tories’ 11 pledges revealed

15 May

Mrs May will commit to raising wages in line with earnings, giving workers greater representation on company boards and ensuring that employees receive the same level information about their company’s future as shareholders.

She will also announce plans for “returnships” to give extra training for mothers going back to work after maternity leave and those who have taken time off to care for loved ones.

Staff will also be given a statutory right to take time off for training under the Conservative’s plans, while workers’ pensions will also be given new protections from “irresponsible behaviour” by company bosses. The equalities act will also be extended to protect the rights of those suffering from mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

The new protection for workers in the so-called “gig” economy, such as drivers for Uber and internet delivery firms, follow a review set up by the Prime Minister led by Matthew Taylor, a former adviser to Tony Blair.

Other measures in the plans include representation for workers on company boards, although the plans do not go as far as previous suggestions that employers could be forced to appoint employees to boards.

The plans will ensuring that listed companies create stakeholder advisory panels, designate an existing non-executive director as the employee representative, or directly appoint a worker representative to the board.

The national living wage for workers aged 25 and over, currently £7.50, will rise in line with average earnings until 2022.

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