24 March 2011
The 2011 Budget has been published along with the Government`s ‘Plan for Growth`.
The Government`s employment related announcements are that it will:
- Impose a moratorium exempting businesses with less than ten employees and start-ups from new domestic regulation for three years from 1 April 2011.
- Not extend the right to request time to train to businesses with less than 250 employees.
- Repeal the extension of the right to request flexible working to parents of 17 years olds.
- Consult on removing the requirement in the Equality Act 2010 that businesses take reasonable steps to prevent persistent harassment of their staff by third parties.
- Launch a public review of regulations, resulting in removing burdensome ones.
- Not bring into force the dual discrimination provisions of the Equality Act.
- Invite the Low Pay Commission to consider and implement in its next report the best way to give businesses clarity on future levels of the National Minimum Wage, including consideration of two-year recommendations.
- Encourage public bodies to disclose their TUPE-related liabilities at an early stage of the commissioning process of public tenders.
- Consult on moving the Mayday bank holiday to either St George`s Day in England or a new `UK Day` or `Trafalgar Day` bank holiday during the October half term.
- Publish a White Paper in May 2011 on improving regulatory enforcement.
- Make changes to employment legislation to reduce the costs to business of compliance.
The plan is that these changes will create a workforce which is more educated, the most flexible in Europe and which has the lowest employment regulatory burden in the EU.
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