05 Apr 2011
The Government announced the following new employment law policy in its document "Plan for Growth", issued after the March 2011 budget, and in speeches from ministers at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Stuart Chamberlain, author and HR expert at Croner looks at the key points arising from the paper. Legislation not coming into force In order to reduce the costs of regulation on all businesses, the following legislation will not come into force:
- The Government will not extend the right to request time to train to businesses with fewer than 250 employees. It is estimated that this implementation would have cost businesses up to £350 million a year. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) will now have the flexibility to manage the training requirements of their companies to meet their needs without spending time on administering the "right to request" process, which is proportionately more costly for smaller businesses.
- It will not bring forward the dual discrimination rules in the Equality Act 2010 that would have cost business £3 million per year.
- The Government will repeal the extension of the right to request flexible working to parents of 17-year-olds, planned for 6 April 2011, which would have had an administrative burden costing £0.5 million.
- It will consult to remove the unworkable requirement in the Equality Act for businesses to take reasonable steps to prevent persistent harassment of their staff by third parties as they have no direct control over it, which would save £0.3 million.
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