The Queen’s Speech was delivered on 8 May 2013 and set out the government’s plans to make changes relating to national insurance contributions, immigration, apprenticeships and the employment tribunal’s power to make wider recommendations in discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010.
Of interest to Employment Lawyers are:
- The National Insurance Bill. The government plans to make changes to national insurance contributions, including offering businesses an ‘employment’ allowance of £2,000 to reduce their national insurance contributions. The Bill will also extend the General Anti-Abuse Rule to National Insurance and the Bill contains measures to prevent the use of abusive tax schemes which help people avoid paying the proper amount of National Insurance. The Bill also removes the presumption of self-employment for limited liability partnerships, which currently allows partners of an LLP to pay self-employed rates of National Insurance contributions which are lower than those which apply to employees.
- Deregulation Bill. The Deregulation Bill seeks to reduce or remove burdens on civil society, public bodies, the tax payer and individuals by repealing legislation that is no longer of practical use. It will remove the power for employment tribunals to make wider recommendations where a successful discrimination claim has been brought. The Bill will also exempt from health and safety laws those who are self-employed and whose activities pose no risk or harm to others.
- Immigration Bill. The Bill will allow harsh action against businesses that use illegal labour.
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