Employment Legislation Update May 2016
Burnetts' employment law team highlights forthcoming changes in legislation which will have an impact on employers.
8 May 2016 - Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2016 came into force. These ban employment agencies from publishing generic recruitment advertising in an EEA state without also advertising the vacancy in Great Britain and in English before or at the same time. The Regulations also remove the requirement for employment agencies and employment businesses to enter into written terms and conditions with hirers before supplying any services.
23 June 2016 - The EU Referendum will determine whether the UK will remain in, or leave, the European Union. A number of important employment laws, introduced by European Law, could be affected by a decision to leave the EU.
Forthcoming - The Childcare Act 2016 will double the amount of free childcare available to working parents of 3 and 4 year olds from 15 hours to 30 hours a week during term-time. Both parents (or a lone parent) should be in work. This was expected to be in place from 6 April 2016 but was delayed at the last minute
New taskforce to improve access to apprenticeships
The government has announced a new taskforce to help people with learning disabilities access apprenticeships. The taskforce will meet three times throughout May and June to identify issues and explore solutions to form recommendations. It will be led by Paul Maynard MP and include employers, training providers, charities and educational experts.
The government aims to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 and halve the disability employment gap. Further information available from the DWP:All Factsheets