Proposed changed to employment laws -

Proposed changed to employment laws

Changes have been widely reported, supposedly to cut red tape for the benefit of employers. A summary of some of the changes on the cards are:

 Employment Tribunal Fees

  •  The government looks set to introduce fees in Employment tribunals next year.
  • This means claimants will have to pay an issue fee to start a claim and a further fee if the matter goes to a hearing.
  • Part of the intention is that the fees will enable the employment tribunal system to be self-funding.
  • It is thought, that the fees may deter many claimants from issuing claims.

 Employee/owner contracts

  •  A consultation has been launched by the government on the new employee/owner contracts proposed by George Osborne earlier this year
  • Under this arrangements, employers will be able to offer employees a new type of contract under which they will be entitled to receive between £2,000 and £50,000 of shares in the employer’s business, which will be exempt from capital gains tax
  • In return, employees will give up the right to claim unfair dismissal, the right to request flexible working and training, and statutory redundancy pay.
  • Employees will also be required to give longer notice to return from maternity or adoption leave.

 Protection from third party harassment

  •  The provisions in the Equality Act 2010 which impose an obligation on employers to protect employees from harassment by third parties are to be repealed.
  • Harassment includes unwanted conduct relating to a relevant protected characteristic (age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation) which violates the employees dignity.
  • The provision protects employees from employer’s clients or customers – for example, in the recruitment sector, the provision would be particularly relevant for temporary workers, providing protection when working on client sites.

 Discrimination questionnaire to be scrapped

  •  A significant part of the Equality Act due to be scrapped in the provision that permits an individual who believes that they have been discriminated against to submit a questionnaire to their employer to seek information about the alleged discrimination

The changes above have been proposed as part of theEnterpriseand Regulatory Reform Bill which is currently making its way through Parliament.


Source: Recruitment & Employment Confederation (

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