Queen’s Speech 2013: implications for businesses

The Queen has announced the government’s legislative programme for the next Parliamentary session during the Queen’s Speech to the Houses of Parliament on 8th May 2013.

Included in the Queen’s Speech were plans to introduce various measures which will impact employment law, such as:

  • changes to national insurance contributions, including offering businesses an “employment allowance” of £2,000 to reduce their national insurance contributions bill;
  • changes to immigration law which seek seeking to tighten up controls on illegal immigrants; and
  • plans to remove the power for employment tribunals to make wider recommendations in successful discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010.

In addition the Queen’s Speech outlined plans to reform the landscape of consumer law in the UK. The Draft Consumer Rights Bill will reform the rules on unfair terms, goods, services and digital content, misleading and aggressive practices, and the powers of enforcement bodies. It is also likely to include reform of consumer collective actions for anti-competitive behaviour.

Please contact our Commercial & Employment team for further advice and information – commercial@blasermills.co.uk.