Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Employment Law Reforms in the Queen's Speech

The Queen's Speech today identified various (minor) employment law proposals:-
  • “Strengthen UK employment law by tackling National Minimum Wage abuses and cracking down on abuse in zero hours contracts”.  No details are given, although speculation on Twitter is that this might give be a (fairly useless) right to request not working zero hour contracts.
  • “Stop highly paid public sector employees keeping redundancy payments when they come back to the same part of the public sector within a short period of time.”
  • Legislation to “reduce delays in employment tribunals".  Since delays have been reduced considerably by the introduction of tribunal fees, it's not clear what this refers to.  Again, speculation on Twitter suggests it might concern reforms to equal pay claim procedure.

(Additional details from Prime Minister's Office background briefing notes and a hat-tip to Laurie Anstis's blog.)

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