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More employment law changes in the Queen's Speech

Posted on 5th June 2014
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During the State Opening of Parliament on 4 June 2014 the Queen's Speech set out the government's agenda for this session of Parliament.

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The [Small Business, Enterprise and Employment] Bill will support small businesses by cutting bureaucracy and enabling them to access finance.

The Queen's Speech set out this session's legislative programme including some proposals which, if implemented, will impact on current employment law provisions: The proposed legislation will -

  • 'be introduced to help make the United Kingdom the most attractive place to start, finance and grow a business. The [Small Business, Enterprise and Employment] Bill will support small businesses by cutting bureaucracy and enabling them to access finance.'
  • 'also reduce delays in employment tribunals, improve the fairness of contracts for low paid workers.'
  • 'impose higher penalties on employers who fail to pay their staff the minimum wage.'
  • 'crack down on abuse in zero hours contracts'.
  • 'stop highly paid public sector employees keeping redundancy payments when they come back to the same part of the public sector within a short period of time.'
  • 'make some childcare regulations more flexible to meet the needs of working families.'
Interestingly the Speech did not include any hint that the government is reviewing the Working Time Regulations in view of the very recent European Court decision in Lock v British Gas or the case of Neal v Freightliner, which is due to be heard in the EAT in July 2014.  

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