UPDATE: Government Proposals for Employment Law Reform
This is important.
"We can confirm that there was a drafting error in the Second Statement of New Regulation. No final decision has been taken to increase the unfair dismissal qualifying period."
It seems from conversations that various individuals have had with BIS this afternoon (and thanks to Paul Callaghan of Taylor Wessing for telling me about this), that BIS are still considering the responses to the consultation document and have not reached a decision on whether to increase the unfair dismissal qualifying period.
A correct version of the government proposals is here (see p14). Note that the new phrasing suggests that the increase in qualifying period is a proposal, but the introduction of fees is definitely coming. There is also an excellent blogpost on this topic, from employment barrister Sean Jones, here.
TEXT OF PREVIOUS BULLETIN SENT TODAY 12.30pm
The Government has published on the internet (but not yet in any sort of press release) proposals to deregulate business. They cover all sorts of things, from planning to procurement. Of interest to employment law practitioners, the proposals are:-
The question does arise whether these proposals are genuine, or whether they are little more than political grandstanding and cannot be implemented due to EU law issues. Watch this space...