Government Announces Proposals to Change Employment Law

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Following months and months of speculation, Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has just announced the Government’s proposals to make probably the most significant changes to employment law for years and has this morning published the Government’s “Response to the Consultation on Resolving Workplace Disputes”   The main proposals outlined are:
  • Increasing the unfair dismissal qualifying period to two years
  • Making it mandatory to lodge all claims through Acas so that an attempt at mediation can be made prior to a claim being lodged with the Employment Tribunal
  • Consultation on the introduction of “protected conversations” provided they do not relate to discriminatory acts
  • A request for evidence on potentially reducing the minimum period for redundancy consultation with a view to consultation
  • Options to enable simple claims to be settled quickly within three months through a “rapid resolution scheme”
  • Allowing compromise agreements to be used to settle discrimination claims
  • Financial penalties paid to the Exchequer to be introduced for employers who breach employment rights
  • Criminal Record Bureau checks to be portable avoiding the current requirement to make a fresh applications for different organisations
  • “Modernisation” of maternity and paternity leave with greater emphasis on father involvement

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