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Red or Blue? You decide.

13 April 2010 #Employment

Over the past two days, the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have published their manifestos, containing the pledges they promise to make if their party is voted into power following the genral election on 6 May 2010.

The key employment law related provisions of each party are set out below:

Conservative Party 

  • The right to request flexible working to every parent with a child under the age of 18. The current limit is 16.
  • Reviewing the default retirement age of 65 to allow for greater flexibility in working beyond that age and encouraging it where it is practical to do so.
  • Create 400,000 work pairing, apprenticeship, college and training places over two years.
  • Abolishing tax on new jobs. Any new business started in the first two years of a Conservative government will pay no Employers` National Insurance on the first ten employees it hires during its first year.

Labour Party

  • National Minimum Wage to rise in line with average earnings by end of the next Parliament.
  • Up to 70,000 advanced apprenticeships a year and Skills Accounts for workers to upgrade their skills.
  • Paid paternity leave to increase to four weeks. The current allowance is two weeks.
  • A right to request flexible working for older workers, with an end to the default retirement age of 65, enabling more people to decide for themselves how long they choose to keep working.
  • New legislation and the Equality and Human Rights Commission will ensure that people are not held back at work because of their gender, age, disability, race and religious or sexual orientation. The new Equality Act will be enforced, promoting fairness across our society.

Come 6 May 2010, the choice is yours. So which party`s policies do you prefer?

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