In an effort to make running a small business or to get a start up off the ground simpler, the Business Minister, Vince Cable, has recently announced changes to some anticipated employment law.
Firstly, flexible working. From April 2011 the right to request flexible working was due to be extended to parents of children up to the age of 17. This extension has been withdrawn, so the current eligibility criteria remains, i.e. parents of children aged 16 (or 18 if the child is disabled) may request a flexible working arrangement.
Secondly, there is to be a general moratorium from all new domestic regulations for three years for businesses of less than 10 employees, and for genuine new start ups. This specifically refers to the proposed plans to allow parents to share maternity leave between them, and the administrative nightmare this could cause for small employers. However, until the start date is announced ALL employers are subject to the maternity/paternity sharing regulations.
Whilst no definite start date has been announced, the Department for Business has said that ‘the exemption will kick in very shortly’ and that ‘we will engage extensively with all business groups about how it should work.’
We will, of course, bring you further detail in due course.
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