Queen’s Speech gives mixed messages on employment
Employment Law & HR update 09/05/2012
Today’s Queen’s Speech sent out mixed messages on the future
direction of workplace regulation, with some proposals set to
increase burdens on business - such as extending the right to
request flexible working to all employees – alongside more general
commitments to reduce red tape.
The Queen’s Speech sets out the Government’s plans for the next
year, but both parties in the Coalition will be keen to see
commitments made in the Coalition agreement following the general
election two years ago put into force.
So proposals to extend flexible working to all employees and to
introduce a system of flexible parental leave, both of which
appeared in the Coalition agreement, are now being brought
Other measures announced in the Speech include reform of the
Employment Tribunal system and pension reform – but these are
likely to be re-announcements of changes already underway.
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