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Modern Workplaces

Employment

The Government’s ‘Consultation on Modern Workplaces’ closed for responses on 8 August 2011.

The consultation considered proposals to update or extend four areas of employment legislation.

Maternity leave – introducing a new right to enable parents to share maternity and paternity leave more flexibly between them

Flexible working – extending the ability to request flexible working to all employees

Working time regulations – amending provisions relating to carry-over of annual leave

Equal pay – requiring an employment tribunal to order an employer to conduct a pay audit in cases where they have found that there is disparity in pay between men and women

The Government has indicated that a number of its proposals will need further consultation with a view to new legislation being made as soon as possible in this Parliament.  The amendments to the Working Time Regulations are due to come in to force in 2012.

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