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Archive for July 2015

Queen’s Speech; employment law reform

The following employment–related Bills were unveiled in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May 2015 as part of the State Opening of the new Parliament: • European Union Referendum Bill – this will enable a referendum to allow the electorate to have an in-out vote on the UK’s membership of the European Union. The referendum will…

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Government launch employment tribunal fees review

The Ministry of Justice has finally announced a long-promised review of the impact of the introduction of employment tribunal fees and has published terms of reference. It will look at how successful the introduction of fees has been in achieving the original objectives, while maintaining access to justice. The original objectives were: – To transfer…

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Apprenticeships to be protected in law

The Government has announced that the term ‘apprenticeship’ will now be protected in law. Apprenticeships will be given equal legal treatment as degrees, which will strengthen their reputation and ensure apprenticeships are recognised as a career path equal to higher education. The term ‘apprenticeship’ will be legally protected through the Enterprise Bill. This will give…

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