In the Queen's Speech, delivered on June 4, 2014, the Government has set out its plans for employment law change, which include the replacement of childcare vouchers with a new tax relief.
The main proposals include:
- making childcare regulations more flexible to meet the needs of working families. One of the measures proposed includes a new scheme to give up to GBP 2,000 basic rate tax relief per child spent on childcare. If implemented, this will repeal the childcare voucher system;
- tackling abuse in zero-hours contracts;
- introducing higher penalties for national minimum wage abuses;
- targeting "costly tribunal delays."
- taking measures to prevent highly paid public sector employees from keeping redundancy payments when they return to the same sector within a short period of time;
- strengthening rules on director disqualification;
- tackling underpayment of national insurance contributions by offshore employment intermediaries and employment intermediaries facilitating false employment; and
- simplifying the apprenticeships regime by replacing complex apprenticeship frameworks with short, simple standards, and increasing the quality of apprenticeship programs by introducing higher standards of English and Math.
The detailed proposals for many of these areas are not yet available but further detail on these bills will be announced in due course.