16 May 2012 #Employment
In her Speech delivered at the opening of Parliament last week, the Queen announced Bills to be introduced in the next session of Parliament up to Spring 2013.
Of interest are the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, the Children and Families Bill and the Crime and Courts Bill.
The scope of further reforms which are set out in a number of Bills include:
Joanne Segars, chief executive of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) commented “[w]e are delighted by this confirmation of the Government’s commitment to a long-awaited, landmark reform. This is another big step towards a simpler, more generous state pension that no longer penalises people for saving...[w]e are all living longer, so it is inevitable that retirement ages move upwards to reflect that. The trade-off for working longer must be a better state pension come retirement.”
Encouraging earlier resolution of employment claims by requiring claimants to lodge their claim with Acas.
Proposed reforms are in keeping with what has been the Coalition Government’s agenda for reform of a number of aspects of employment law since coming into power in 2010.