Tags: Conservative

General Election results: comments from the community

The Conservative Party have returned to parliament alone following last week’s general election when they gained a majority with a surprising 331 seats to Labour’s 232. The Scottish National Party (SNP) won 56 of the 59 available in Scotland, the DUP took 8 in Northern Ireland, the Liberal Democrats slipped to just 8 seats and…

Kathryn Dooks & Michael Cashman: Conservatives to achieve “no fault dismissals” by the back door?

At the Conservative Party Conference yesterday, the Chancellor George Osborne announced plans for a new employment status: “owner-employee”. Owner-employees would be issued shares in the company they work for in exchange for waiving some of their UK employment rights. Any gain arising on a disposal of these shares would not be subject to capital gains…

London mayor hits out at employment tribunals

London’s mayor Boris Johnson has added his voice to the criticism of employment tribunals, suggesting existing arrangements are damaging business confidence and therefore limiting growth. Writing in an article on his personal website, the Conservative politician claimed the system costs UK firms around £1 billion each year, with the number of cases brought against companies…

Impact of spending cuts ‘unevenly distributed’

A new report has called on the government to take steps to assist cities hardest hit by public spending cuts and help stimulate private sector job creation where it is most desperately needed. Research from Centre for Cities highlighted areas such as Leeds, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Reading and Aberdeen as being most able to withstand…

The owner of a window and conservatory installation company has been fined for failing to protect its workers from exposure to asbestos. Four employees were exposed to the poisonous material while removing soffits from a property between 16 and 17 June 2009. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Philip Leslie…

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has claimed that the steady increase in employment legislation over the last decade has restricted business innovation and questioned the government's commitment to cutting red tape. IoD spokesman Alistair Tebbit singled out staffing laws as one of the main hurdles facing UK firms across all sectors and claimed the Conservative-Liberal…