31 March 2022
On 29 March 2022, the Government announced plans to introduce a new Statutory Code of Practice for employers using fire and rehire tactics. A parliamentary vote was held during the week prior on banning fire-rehire practices completely, driven by the Labour Party in response to the widely publicised large-scale redundancies of P&O Ferries staff. However, the vote lacked support from the Conservative Party and failed by 251 (against banning) to 188 (for banning), so new laws will not be implemented at this stage to prohibit the use of such tactics. However, it is hoped the new Code will act as a deterrent for employers acting unreasonably and safeguard workers’ rights.