The business plan published last week by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) includes target timings for the implementation of the Government’s plans for new employment legislation. These are included in section 8 of the plan, dedicated to creating a “positive business environment”. We now know it has started work on draft regulations phasing out the default retirement age this month, though it looks like the accompanying guidance will not be ready until September next year.

Next month should see the unveiling of proposals to end the “gold plating” of EU rules. However, on the employment front the Government has already ruled out changes to the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations 2006 and to the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, which are due to come into force in October next year. Prior to the election, the Conservatives had suggested that changes to both pieces of legislation could be possible.

We will have to wait until January for detailed proposals on how the Government proposes to re-design parental leave and flexible working, and until June 2011 for the outcome of the Government’s general review of employment and workplace laws. Early next year we can also expect the publication of a strategy to increase the representation of women on the boards of UK companies