Government makes first major announcement on new Employment Laws
Today, the Business Secretary Vince Cable set out the coalition government’s initial plans for the reform of the Employment Tribunal system and certain related employment laws. The proposed reforms are both radical and controversial.
Whilst many of the proposals (with the obvious notable exception of the “fines” scheme) may be viewed as employer-friendly, almost all of the proposals have the common aim of reducing the number of Employment Tribunal claims, which reached a record 236,000 last year.
The previous government’s attempt to achieve the same objective was the much-heralded statutory dispute resolution scheme, which quickly proved to be unworkable and failed to reduce the overall level of claims. Whatever one’s views may be on the politics of today’s proposals, those with a genuine interest in ensuring the UK has a workable and sustainable Employment Tribunal system will watch with interest to see whether this very different approach can be made to work in practice.
The consultation closes on 20 April 2011 and the consultation paper can be viewed by clicking here.