• The government has brought forward its review of the default retirement age by a year, to 2010, to reflect the change in economic circumstances (see report ). The Work and Pensions Select Committee's July 2009 report repeats its recommendation that the default retirement age be abolished. It also notes that, where employers have dropped mandatory retirement ages, employees have tended only to extend their working life by one to two years.
  • The government is consulting until 2 October 2009 on a proposal for tribunals to pass on details of whistleblowing claims to industry regulators, with the employee's consent, with phased implementation from April 2010 (see here). If adopted this could provide an additional pressure point for claimants to use in negotiations.
  • The Government is consulting until 18 August 2009 on draft regulations to prohibit the compilation and use of blacklists of union members (see here).
  • The Equality Bill (summarised here) completed its committee stage in the House of Commons on 7 July 2009, with relatively few amendments. Provisions prohibiting certain forms of multiple discrimination have been added.
  • CBI proposals for labour market reforms (see press release) include an "Alternative to Redundancy" scheme, whereby employees without work would receive double the jobseekers' allowance for six months funded half by the employer and half by the Government.