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UK Government announces plans for flexible parental leave

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that from 2015 the UK will move to a new system of flexible parental leave. Audrey Williams, partner and Head of Discrimination at Global law firm Eversheds comments: “The government’s revised plans for flexible parental leave mark a bold move away from the current highly gender-based and inflexible…

Clegg hits out at PM’s plan to take power back from Brussels

Coalition tensions over Europe boiled over as Nick Clegg tore into David Cameron’s ambition to claw back powers from Brussels as a “false promise wrapped in a Union Jack”. The Prime Minister was also warned of a new Conservative revolt following the dramatic Commons vote in which Tory rebels joined forces with Labour MPs to…

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…

CIPD issues cautious welcome to paternity overhaul

Plans to allow new fathers to take advantage of mothers’ unused maternity leave have received a “cautious welcome” from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg outlined the reforms at an event in London yesterday (January 17th 2010), revealing plans to hold a consultation on the issue and implying…

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) – the representative body for recruitment businesses in the UK – says our first coalition government since the second world war has the right intentions but must take more action on jobs and regulations. Taking stock of the Coalition Governments first 100 days, REC Chief Executive Kevin Green says:…

There is much rumour that Government will announce plans to withdraw the so called “Two Tier Code” in public sector outsourcing contracts in the near future. Whilst seemingly in keeping with the Government austerity drive and the externalising of public sector services, such a move nonetheless represents a significant policy change. The Code was first…

New research suggests that public sector jobseekers are rejecting government policy to raise the retirement age and restrict public sector pension rights. Of the 5,000 jobseekers questioned by Totaljobs.com, 23 per cent of those from the public sector said they would be willing to compromise on pay to secure public sector jobs, while only four…

Transport minister Norman Baker has called on employers to allow staff to work one day a fortnight from home as part of the government’s push to cut transport congestion. Incentives could be introduced to encourage flexible working, and train companies will encouraged to overhaul how season tickets are sold, so people who only spend part…

Unison has accused the government of "scaremongering" and "peddling myths" about the state of public sector pensions. General secretary Dave Prentis stated that deputy prime minister Nick Clegg had been warning about the threat to the UK economy of reducing pension rewards, but was now getting workers to pay for a recession instigated by bankers.…

A UK employment body has said it is keen to meet with the new Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable to discuss possible changes to Agency Work Regulations. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said working with the government on the issue is an "immediate priority" for the recruitment industry. REC head of policy…

The next government must deliver the means to continue an economic recovery and boost the UK jobs market, according to the head of an employment body. Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), called for the next administration to focus on three issues – public sector reform, economic growth and protecting…

Almost two thirds of business leaders agree a change in government will bring improvements to the job market. With election polls pointing towards a change of government this week, a survey of senior executives by management careers site TheLadders.co.uk found the party that best represented the needs of the jobseeker was the Conservatives (37%), followed…

Following the election debates, political leaders have been accused of not addressing the reform of public-sector pensions properly. According to AXA Life, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg ‘touched on pensions issues’. The Conservatives have talked about capping public-sector pensions at £50,000 per year, closing the MPs’ final-salary scheme and asking an independent office…