Proposed changes to Employment Law


11 May, 2011

The proposals to look at reforming Employment Law announced by the Government today could make life easier for employers according to Employment specialists at Forbes Solicitors.

Although it is unclear at this stage exactly what these reforms will entail, the proposals at the moment are aimed at looking at whether or not compensation for discrimination claims - presently unlimited - can be limited.

The Government is also proposing to look at the amount of time employees may have to consult with employees about proposed redundancies (presently 90 days in some cases); and employers duties under the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations which apply where one business is sold to another.

Jonathan Holden, Employment Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors comments, "The announcements proposed today by the Government could be good news for employers. However, it is unclear as to whether or not any proposed changes can actually take place.

The last Conservative Government looked at attempting to cap discrimination compensation, but a case brought to the European Court of Justice ruled that to be unlawful. Furthermore, any proposed changes to the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations, whilst welcomed, may also be difficult to push through.

Nevertheless, any employer would welcome more certainty in the often costly and difficult claims involving discrimination and the transfer of undertakings and these proposals, if implemented, could well be good news for employers. I do, however, expect there to be resistance to any radical change."


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