Silent night, silent revolution: Employment law reform doesn’t stop for Christmas

Stille_nacht.jpgThe Coalition Government’s programme of employment law reform shows no sign of stopping for Christmas. 

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.

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