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Queen`s Speech: Employment Implications

25 May 2010 #Employment


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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