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The Government has announced a package of reforms to the employment law system. Changes will include an overhaul of employment tribunals, which is expected to deliver £40 million a year in benefits to employers.

The Family and Parenting Institute (FPI) has called upon the Prime Minister to support proposals to modernise working life in the name of hardworking families.

A new report produced by the CBI and Hays has highlighted the benefits of workplace flexibility and communication. It recommends that the government fundamentally change its approach to employment law, to build on flexibility in the workplace and develop better employment relations. 

New research into the economics of employment regulation has shown that the objections of the business lobby to many employment rights, such as the government's proposed changes to parental leave entitlements and extension of flexible working, reveal an underlying bias against employment regulation which sometimes goes against the economic evidence.

The Government has announced that the next stage of its employment law review will focus on collective redundancy consultation periods, the Transfer Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations (TUPE) and compensation for discrimination awarded by employment tribunals.

Government plans to extend the qualifying period for protection against unfair dismissal from one year to two will affect nearly three million workers, the TUC has said in its submission to the government's review of the employment tribunal system.

Interim findings from an ongoing British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey have revealed that business owners are concerned over the impact of recent employment law changes. 

Acas has published its response to the Government's consultation document on resolving workplace disputes, in which it welcomed the Government's proposal for all potential employment tribunal claims to be offered early conciliation with Acas first. According to the Acas Council, this will allow Acas to further expand the use of its successful Pre-Claim Conciliation (PCC) service.

The CBI has called on the Chancellor to focus his March Budget on areas that do most to boost economic growth and job creation.

New employment laws due to be implemented over the next four years will cost UK businesses a staggering £22.87bn, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revealed.

The UK Government is consulting on its latest proposals for employment law reform, focusing on the resolution of workplace disputes. The proposals follow a 56 per cent increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims in 2010, and concerns raised by employers over the cost and length of time involved in the current Tribunal process.

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