London Partner Adam Lambert was quoted Dec. 19 in Personnel Today regarding the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and the effects it will have on workers’ rights. The bill may lead to British judges gaining the power to depart from rulings made by the European Court of Justice. “The ECJ has been the workers’ best friend for many years. Steps to reduce its influence in the UK will, over time, have a downward effect on workers’ rights,” Lambert told the publication. “However, today’s proposal is muddled. The lower courts are still bound by UK employment law and the UK appeal courts, both of which have followed EU employment law and the interpretations of it by the ECJ for over 40 years. If the lower courts overrule ECJ decisions they are going to create uncertainty and grounds for appeal. Rather than avoiding bottlenecks, today’s proposal will guarantee them.”
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