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Employment law statement

The government's work and pensions spokesman, Lord de Mauley, repeated a statement on employment law in the Lords on 21 May 2012, made earlier in the Commons in response to an urgent question.

Labour's shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna asked the urgent question on the leaked publication of the Beecroft report.

The report commissioned by the prime minister is expected to call for shorter periods of consultation over compulsory redundancies.

The report, which is expected to be published later this week, was compiled by Conservative-supporting venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft.

Its proposals are expected to include:

  • an end to a mandatory 90-day consultation period when a company is considering redundancy programmes. Instead it will suggest a standard 30-day period and an emergency five-day period if a firm is in severe distress
  • a cap on loss-of-earnings compensation for employees who make successful unfair dismissal claims
  • reform of the rights that workers are allowed to "carry" to new employers when their companies are the subject of a takeover
  • scrapping provisions in the Equality Act which make employers liable for claims from employees for "third-party harassment", such as customers making "sexist" comments to staff in a restaurant
  • shifting responsibility for checking foreign workers' eligibility to work in the UK from employers to the Border Agency or the Home Office.


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