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BEIS review of workers’ rights cancelled

On 27 January 2021, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, the Business Secretary, announced that a post-Brexit review of workers’ rights due to be carried out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is cancelled. The review, which was expected to consider proposals including the termination of the 48-hour maximum working week and amendments to rest break rules, had garnered much criticism in the past few weeks, particularly from the Labour Party. Indeed, Kwarteng’s confirmation follows multiple, previous statements about the government’s commitment to maintaining workers’ rights despite its plans to review them and to consult with business leaders.