Queen’s Speech Announces Changes to Employment Regulations

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The Queen said in her speech outlining the Government’s plans for the next twelve months that to assist in economic growth “legislation will be introduced to reduce burdens on business by repealing unnecessary legislation”. Measures that the Government considers will assist the growth of the economy by giving employers greater confidence to recruit new staff will include a proposal to overhaul the workplace dispute resolution system with a “more efficient and streamlined tribunal system for all users”. This will involve claimants lodging claims with Acas allowing both parties the opportunity to attempt conciliation and compromise agreements will be known as “settlements”. The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill will also include the Government’s assurance that the regulatory system will be simplified “giving confidence to business that they will not be held back by outdated and unnecessary legislation”. The Children and Families Bill proposes changes to family friendly legislation allowing parents to swap their parental leave following the birth of a child and mothers will be able to return to work earlier whilst transferring the remainder of their maternity leave to their partner.

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