What does 2013 have in store for employer/employee relations?

The coalition government’s time in office has been marked by consultations and initiatives intended to change the balance between business flexibility and employee protection. This guide to future changes in employer/employee relations is intended to keep readers on top of developments.

We expect the Parental Leave (EU Directive) Regulations 2013 to take effect on 8 March 2013 increasing the amount of unpaid parental leave that can be taken per child from 13 to 18 weeks.

A new category of ‘employee shareholder’ planned for April 2013. Employment rights are given up in exchange for shares valued between £2,000 and £50,000 in the employer. Employee-shareholder status would be optional for existing employees, but both established companies and new start-ups would be able to choose to offer only this new type of contract for new hires. The proposal has been controversial and raises tax and company law issues…

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