Modern Workplaces consultation launched

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

The Government has launched a consultation on its plans to introduce a number of changes to employment rights as part of its plans to create a modern workplace for the modern economy. The consultation covers proposed changes to Flexible Working rights, Flexible Parental Leave, Equal Pay and the annual holiday entitlement rights in the current Working Time Regulations.  

The changes include extending the right to request flexible working to all workers who have been with their employer for at least 26 weeks; introducing new entitlements to Flexible Parental Leave  which would supersede Additional Paternity Leave measures introduced in April this year; and giving Employment Tribunals the power to order an employer who has been found to have discriminated on gender in relation to pay, to conduct a pay audit and publish their results.

The consultation runs until 8 August 2011.

Further information, including the consultation document, can be found on the BIS website.