The Government has announced that it will review all regulations with a view to reducing the burden on businesses. This includes a new ‘one-in, one-out’ approach to regulation. From 1 September 2010, Ministers will not be allowed to introduce new regulations imposing costs on businesses or the charities sector without identifying current regulations with an equivalent cost to be removed. Regulations made in response to emergencies or to address systemic fi nancial risks will be excluded from the rule.
In addition to this, the following existing and proposed regulations are under review:
1. Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 Under the Act, a new right to request time off to train was introduced in April 2010 (as reported in the April Bulletin). The right was introduced for businesses with 250 employees or more and is due to be introduced for smaller business in April 2011.
A consultation has now been launched on the future of this right to request time off to train. BIS launched the consultation on 11 August 2010, seeking views on whether it should be repealed, retained, extended as planned or modifi ed. The consultation closes on 15 September 2010 and the Government will publish its response in December 2010.
2. Additional Paternity Leave and Additional Statutory Paternity Pay (General) Regulations
Comments made in Parliament by the Minister for Women and Equalities, Theresa May, suggest that she is considering postponing and ultimately redrafting the additional paternity leave rights introduced by the last Government and currently due to apply to fathers of babies expected on or after 3 April 2011.
The introduction of the Regulations was reported in the March Update. These allow fathers to take paternity leave equivalent to the period of additional maternity leave unused by the mother.
The Coalition’s Programme for Government promised a new system of fl exible parental leave. No details were included but the proposal may be to allow parents to share leave more fl exibly and possibly take it simultaneously.
3. Agency Worker Regulations 2010
The Secretary of State for BIS has also confi rmed that the Agency Worker Regulations 2010, due to come into force on 1 October 2011, are under review.