Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill

The recently published Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill includes a number of scales 300x249 The Small Business Enterprise and Employment Billemployment law initiatives amongst its extensive provisions.  It is designed to make the UK the most attractive place to start, finance and grow a business.

The Employment The Bill will introduce measures to;

• Reform Whistleblowing procedures to achieve a consistent standard of best practice for handling disclosures and provide greater reassurance to the whistle-blower that action is being taken by the prescribed person and as a result increase the confidence in the actions of the prescribed person.

• Deter business non-payment of employment tribunal awards by creating strong financial consequences of non-payment.

• Reduce the delays in Employment Tribunals caused by frequent and short notice postponements, and addressing the costs arising from short notice postponements.

• increase the penalties imposed on employers that underpay their workers in breach of the national minimum wage legislation on a per worker basis.

• Make exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts invalid and unenforceable so that no one is tied into a contract without any guarantee of paid work. This will enable employers and employees to benefit from the flexibility of zero hours contracts whilst addressing abuse of these contracts.

• recover exit payments from public sector employees that leave and re-join the same part of the public sector organisation within a year