Queen`s Speech: Employment Implications
25 May 2010
The Queen`s Speech today outlined 22 parliamentary Bills to be debated in the new Parliament.
Key employment-related Bills include provision for:
- A block on next year`s 1% rise in National Insurance contributions by employers;
- The phasing out of the default retirement age and the setting of a timetable for raising the state pension age (pending review);
- The creation of a single welfare-to-work programme and benefit payments being made more conditional on willingness to work;
- A cap on non-EU migrants being allowed to work in the UK; and
- Extending the right to flexible working for all employees.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) reportedly welcomed the block on the 1% rise in employer NICs at a time when the economy remains fragile. However, the CIPD reportedly opposes the proposed cap on immigration, warning it could lead to higher wage costs.
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