A regular feature of our Up to date briefing is to keep you appraised of open consultations, calls for evidence and surveys affecting the employment law arena. If you would like us to respond on your behalf, please let us know.

We set out below details and links to the consultation, call for evidence and survey documents which may be of interest to in-house employment lawyers and HR professionals.

A.         Open Consulations / Calls for Evidence / Surveys

Insolvency Service

Call for evidence: collective redundancy consultation for employers facing insolvency

On 23 March 2015, the Insolvency Service published a call for evidence concerning collective redundancy for employers facing insolvency. The call for evidence seeks views from stakeholders on the following areas:

  • their understanding of the current requirements, their purpose and benefits;
  • factors that facilitate and/or inhibit effective consultation;
  • the role of directors and insolvency practitioners;
  • ensuring timely notification and effective consultation; and
  • the effectiveness of the existing sanctions for failure to comply.

The call for evidence closes on 12 June 2015.

European Commission

Consultation: worker information and consultation

On 10 April 2015 the European Commission commenced a consultation seeking views on the possible direction of European Union action aimed at strengthening the coherence and effectiveness of the existing EU legislation on worker information and consultation at national level.

This legislation consists of three Directives namely:

  • the Collective Redundancies Directive
  • the Acquired Rights Directive
  • the General Framework Directive for the Information and Consultation of Workers

The Commission is seeking the views of the social partners on a possible consolidation of these Directives.

The consultation closes on 30 June 2015.

Consultation: equality between women and men in the EU

On 21 April 2015 the European Commission launched a public consultation seeking the views of the "broad public" on gender equality within the European Union.  The information gathered from the consultation will inform the Commission's policy on gender equality after 2015.

The "target groups" for the consultation are: social partner organisations; civil society organisations with an interest in gender equality issues, violence against women, and/or social issues; equality bodies; and other organisations or individuals.

The consultation closes on 21 July 2015.

B.         Consultations and surveys that have recently closed

Consultation on whistleblowing in deposit-takers, PRA-designated investment firms and insurers(FCA and PRA)

Closed on 22 May 2015.

Survey on the future direction of Employment Tribunals in the UK (ELA)

Closed at 5pm on 2 April 2015.

Survey on the recovery of unpaid Employment Tribunal awards (BIS)

Closed on 27 March 2015.

Consultation on the review of the Working Time Directive (European Commission)

Closed on 15 March 2015.

Consultation on proposed amendments to the Employment Tribunal postponement procedures(BIS)

Closed on 12 March 2015.