Radical employment law reform is an ongoing project for the Coalition Government, with further reform on the cards for 2013.
Reduction in collective redundancy consultation period announced
With just a few working days left before Christmas 2012, it was announced yesterday (Tuesday 18 December 2012) that the 90-day consultation period where 100 or more redundancies are proposed will reduce to 45 days from April 2013.
For full details, see: Collective redundancy consultation period to reduce to 45 days.
Osborne’s ‘silent revolution’ and UK employment law
Radical employment law reform would appear to represent a central aspect of what Chancellor George Osborne recently dubbed the Conservative Party’s “silent revolution” in the way the UK economy works.
George Osborne coined the term “silent revolution” in his speech to the Conservative party conference in October 2012. Osborne said:
Beneath the sound and fury of the daily debate a silent revolution is taking place. Some of the biggest issues in British politics, so big people thought them too controversial to fix, we have been prepared to tackle. [...] We speak for those who want to work hard and get on. This is the mission of the modern Conservative Party.
The stated objective of this “silent revolution” is to reposition the UK economy and promote economic growth.
But it also has implications for many UK workers.
“Employee rights are being wound back significantly” as a result of the Coalition Government’s ongoing programme of employment law reform, says City law firm Partner Michael Scutt.
Coalition Government to ‘up the pace’ of employment law reform in 2013
The programme of radical employment law reform will continue in the new year – and the pace of change looks set to accelerate.
Business Minister Michael Fallon says that the Coalition Government is “upping the pace” of its battle against “red tape,” with “substantial reforms” to employment law set to be in place by June 2013, the Telegraph reports.
- Is the Coalition Government waging a ‘war on how we work’?
The Coalition Government’s approach to employment law reform could also be viewed as a “war on how we work”, argues Sunday Telegraph Business Editor Kamal Ahmed. Ahmed says that these reforms are ultimately intended to enshrine a view that – at its simplest – “employers should be allowed to get on with managing their companies.”Here we take a look at recent employment law reform proposals and consider how they relate to Ahmed’s theory and assess the potential impact of some of these proposals on economic growth.
- Beecroft report was inspired by ‘hopeless’ HR director, says Telegraph and Replace right to claim unfair dismissal with Compensated No Fault Dismissals, says leaked report commissioned by David Cameron
XpertHR reports on venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft’s proposals for radical employment law reform to boost economic growth.
- Could opposition to radical employment law reform move up the union agenda? XpertHR reports.
- Changing patterns of employment & employment law reform: A double whammy for UK workers?
Changing patterns of employment and the impact of the Coalition Government’s ongoing programme of employment law reform mean that many UK workers find themselves in an increasingly less secure position.