28 January 2011
Government publishes further employment law proposals
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance has published the next stage of its proposals to alter the way in which cases brought against employers on the grounds of grievances such as pay discrimination are processed.
Under the plans, the government is seeking to improve the way in which such disputes are handled as it attempts to drive down the number of employment tribunal cases currently taking place in the UK.
Official data showed recently that tribunal claims increased by more than half - 56 per cent - throughout 2010 to a level of 236,000 in comparison to the statistic recorded one year earlier.
Along with producing an Employer's Charter, the alliance - which came to power following the May 6th general election in 2010 - is proposing measures such as doubling the qualifying period in which employees can make a claim for unfair dismissal to two years.
Prime minister David Cameron commented that the potential reforms "highlight our determination to ensure that employment law is no longer seen as a barrier to growth".
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett