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The Queen's Speech

The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal's finding that the requirement to disclose all convictions and cautions irrespective of their relevance for the purposes of criminal records checks is incompatible with an individual's right to respect for private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

The Bill aims to:

  • Tackle National Minimum Wage abuse by giving employers tougher penalties. 
  • Tackle abuse in zero-hour contracts.
  • Introduce new measures to limit excessive redundancy payments for highly paid employees in the public sector, in particular by stopping them keeping their redundancy payment if, within a short period of time, they return to the same part of the public sector.
  • Make childcare regulations more flexible to meet the needs of working families.
  • Strengthen rules on director disqualification.

The speech also mentioned the introduction of legislation that would "reduce delays in employment tribunals", but no further information is given on this.

National Insurance Contributions Bill

Legislation will be introduced to:

  •  Prevent people from getting around anti-avoidance rules involving offshore employment intermediaries and employment intermediaries facilitating false employment. 
  • Simplify the collection of NICs paid by the self-employed.

For further information click on the link below.

Cabinet Office: Queen's Speech 2014 (4 June 2014).