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Government plans to cut employment law red tape

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Vince Cable, Business Secretary, has announced the Government’s intention to reduce the amount of employment law red tape faced by UK businesses. In a speech delivered on Friday, he outlined plans to initiate a public review of almost 22,000 pieces of legislation with a view to identifying and removing those that are unnecessary or overly burdensome.

There will also be an exemption from new domestic regulations for employers with less than 10 employees and newly established businesses.

One of the sets of regulations to be affected by this announcement is the planned extension to the right to request flexible working. This was to be opened up to parents of children under the age of 18 this April and was expected to benefit up to 288,000 employees. However, the right is now to remain as it is and will only be available to parents of children under 17 and disabled children under 18. The Government have also confirmed that the right to request time off for training will continue to apply only to those businesses employing over 250 staff and will not be extended to smaller employers as originally intended.

It is hoped that the planned measures will remove barriers to growth and particularly assist smaller businesses. We will bring you updates of any further announcements as the Government continues to review employment legislation.

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