Laws aimed at restoring economic stability and reducing the budget
deficit feature in the Queen's Speech, which sets out the Government's
legislative agenda for the coming year. The Queen's Speech also confirms
the Government's commitment to reform the employment tribunal system and extend
family-friendly rights by making parental leave more flexible.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill will include measures to
overhaul the employment tribunal system and transform the dispute resolution
landscape by, among other things:
- encouraging the early resolution of disputes by requiring all claimants to
lodge details of their claim with Acas and giving parties the opportunity to
engage in early conciliation; and
- delivering a more efficient and streamlined employment tribunal system for
The Government has already completed the consultation process on proposals to
reform the employment tribunal system, including proposals to: tackle weaker
tribunal claims; introduce fees for bringing employment tribunal claims; and
introduce financial penalties for employers that have been found to have
breached an individual's rights. See Employment tribunal system to be reformed
for further details on the Government's proposals.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill will also give more
power to shareholders and remuneration committees to set directors' pay by
introducing binding votes.
The Children and Families Bill will include measures to give
parents access to flexible parental leave, so that, where they want to, parents
can share caring responsibilities. The Government has already consulted on
the replacement of maternity leave and pay beyond the first 18 weeks of a
child's life with a system of parental leave and pay, available to mothers and
fathers on an equal basis. See Maternity and paternity leave and pay to be
reformed for further details on the Government's proposals.
BIS has confirmed to XpertHR that the Children and Families Bill
will also include measures to extend flexible working to all
The XpertHR employment law manual sets out the current law on tribunal procedures and other methods of
resolution and pregnancy and maternity