The proposed legislation announced in the Queen’s Speech will focus on employment related measures. There is to be a ‘crack-down on on costly tribunal delays’ and on preventing abuses of the national minimum wage (NMW). Zero hours contracts are also under the spotlight.
Kate Fretten, Employment Partner says, “The proposed legislation that affects employers is the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill which will contain measures to build a stronger economy by supporting small businesses as they compete, and ensure they aren’t disadvantaged by those that don’t play by the rules.”
The Government propose :
- to make it easier for small businesses to access finance and improve payment practices between small businesses and their customers.
- to ensure that the red tape that affects small businesses is reviewed frequently and regulations are either cut or remain effective
- to increase the transparency around who owns amd controls UK companies and remove unnecessary costs from insolvency law.
- to tackle National Minimum Wage abuses and abuses in zero hours contracts
- to introduce a new Statutory Code and independent Adjudicator to ensure that publicans who are tied to a pub owning company are treated fairly
- to make some childcare regulations more flexible to meet the needs of working families
- to stop highly paid public sector workers keeping redundancy payments when they return to the same part of the public sector within a short time.
Watch this space for further information as it is released.
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