Recently. the Ministry of Defence published a consultation paper on how best to generate increased numbers of reservists.
In our previous update we highlighted government proposals to meet the UK's defence requirements by increasing its use of reservists, and the potential implications this may have for employers.
The Ministry of Defence has now published a consultation paper on how best to generate increased numbers of reservists. Some of the proposals in the consultation that will impact on employers include:
- Financial incentives, such as tax breaks, for employers who are willing to employ and retain reserve troops.
- A ‘patriotic employer’ kite mark.
- Providing more notice before employees are deployed on active service.
- Possible legislation to prevent employers discriminating against employees who are in the reserve forces.
The consultation can be found here.
The consultation closes on 18 January 2013. The government's response will be set out in a white paper, to be published next year.