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“A positive start, but much more to do”, says BCC to Ministers

A number of positive steps have been taken by the UK government to support British business in the first parliamentary session since the election. However, there are still areas of concern that remain unaddressed, says the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC), one of the UK’s largest and most influential business groups.

Businesses and families invited to shape process for shared parental leave

Businesses and working families are invited to submit their views on how the system for shared parental leave and pay will work, Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson announced yesterday. The consultation will look at how the new system will work and fit together with current arrangements for maternity and paternity leave and adopters, as part…

Minister launches guide for SMEs to realise potential of the ‘purple pound’

A business guide aimed at making more firms aware of the £80 billion potential spending power of disabled people and encourage them to capitalise on the success of the London 2012 Games is being launched today by the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller. Commonly referred to as the ‘purple pound’ the combined spending power…

Webb offers alternative to final salary pension

Plans for private sector workers to have guaranteed pension pots have been proposed by Steve Webb. The Pensions Minister wants employers to offer an alternative to the final salary arrangement, which has now largely been discarded in favour of defined contribution schemes. Webb has reportedly begun discussions with large companies to introduce “defined ambition” pensions.…

Former employment lawyer new employee relations minister

Norman Lamb, a former employer lawyer, has been appointed as Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs. He replaces Edward Davey, who has been promoted to Energy and Climate Change Secretary, following the departure of Chris Huhne. Business Secretary, Vince Cable, said: “I am delighted to welcome Norman Lamb to the Department. Norman’s professional…

Employment tribunal fees will deny the poorest workers justice

Responding to the government’s announcement today (Wednesday) that it intends to charge workers a fee to take claims to employment tribunals, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘Employment tribunals are a key way of enabling workers to enforce their rights. Government proposals to introduce a fee to lodge an initial claim – and then possibly…

Ministers launched campaign for suggestions about how regulations can be improved

Businesses have today been called upon by ministers to “help tackle employment-related law, bureaucracy and red tape” in the latest phase of the Employment Law Review.For the next three weeks the Red Tape Challenge will focus on more than 160 different cross-Government employment related regulations. The campaign asks for a variety of suggestions about how…

Mary Clarke: Businesses can manage without a default retirement age

From 6 April, UK businesses can no longer give notice to employees of their retirement under a default retirement age (DRA). Whilst Employment Minster Ed Davey hailed this reform as ‘great news for older people, businesses and the economy’, not everyone agrees. Several business leaders and lobby groups have voiced concerns that businesses may be…

The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) has welcomed government plans to review sickness absence and the effect it has on British businesses. In a new survey carried out by CIPD and private healthcare firm Simplyhealth, the average number of days taken off work each year due to ill health was found to be…

Government scales back criminal checks

The government has unveiled plans to scrap some criminal checks for people working with children or vulnerable adults, claiming the previous regime was overly officious and deterred some volunteers. Under the terms of the reforms to the vetting and barring scheme, the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority will be merged to create one…

Migration cap ‘hurting renewables sector’

The government has been urged to consider the impact of its non-EU migration cap on key growth areas such as the renewables sector, which one expert claims is struggling to recruit top talent. Ben Cartland – an associate of recruitment firm Acre Resources – pointed out that although green technologies currently remain poised for further…

Charlotte Mepham: Will proposals stop expensive and time-wasting Employment Tribunal Claims?

Defending a claim in the Employment Tribunal is an expensive business for an employer (£8,500 against an average settlement of £5,400: British Chambers of Commerce) but they seem to be increasing in popularity with disgruntled employees (latest figures show a 56% increase in 12 months: British Chambers of Commerce). However, proposals to change the Employment…

Public sector pensions plans put on hold by ministers

Ministers have delayed Treasury plans to force public sector workers to contribute more to their pension pots. The Treasury confirmed it would not implement a 3% increase in public staff pension contributions – which was due to include local government staff – in March, and instead could introduce the new requirement later this summer. The…

Minister unveils work experience scheme

Employment minister Chris Grayling has outlined new plans to tackle youth unemployment and stressed the importance of helping youngsters into work to help boost the economic rebound. Under the proposals, young people will be allowed to take work experience placements of up to eight weeks before having jobless benefits cut, thereby theoretically making the scheme…