Archive for November 23rd, 2011

Transfer of Undertakings Call for evidence

This call for evidence seeks views on the effectiveness of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 and how they might be improved.

Work Programme providers will have had a mixed experience of TUPE…. no doubt many organisations will have something to contribute to this consultation.

Call for evidence response

Call for evidence regulations


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Collective redundancy consultation

This call for evidence seeks views on the impact of current rules on collective redundancy. It aims to understand the challenges in pursuing collective redundancy consultation, including the barriers to starting consultation and achieving agreement.

Through the Employment Law Review and the Red Tape Challenge, the Government is seeking to ensure that the UK has a labour market where both employers and workers are informed and empowered and able to negotiate their relationship with minimal intervention by Government.

Employers have said during the Employment Law Review that the current rules on collective redundancy consultation slow their ability to restructure effectively and can put future business success at risk.  They report that the difficulty in effecting redundancies has a negative impact on employers’ confidence in hiring people, slows employees’ reengagement in the labour market and makes it harder for businesses to restructure to react effectively to changing market conditions.  Ongoing uncertainty can also have a serious impact on workforce morale and productivity.

A minimum time period before redundancies can take place after a consultation begins has been in place in the UK since 1975.  Government believes that review is now appropriate to take account of:

  • the increase in the pace of decision-making in all areas of life as a result of innovations in information and communications technology; and
  • the need to facilitate a labour market that can generate economic growth in the face of a global economic downturn

The call for evidence considers four main areas:

  • the process of consultation, including the ability to reach agreement and the issue of establishment
  • the minimum periods for consultation and notification
  • high impact redundancies
  • the link with TUPE and insolvency legislation

This call for evidence is an important part of the review: we want to know what you think and why.

The consultation

The consultation rules

The consultation form

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Government CIO to retire in the Spring of 2012

Joe Harley, the Chief Information Officer has decided to retire from the Civil Service after a year in the role, and seven years as the CIO for the Department for Work and Pensions. His resignation follows on from the news that deputy CIO Bill McCluggage is to leave the government at the start of the New Year.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said:

“I would like to thank Joe for his significant and exceptional contribution to DWP and the Government – he has been instrumental in building reform and modernising our approach to technology.

“Joe leaves us with our highest regards having secured this Government well-placed to deliver major reform in the future.”

DWP Permanent Secretary Robert Devereux said:

“I want to thank Joe for his enormous contribution to the Department’s performance. He has been pivotal in establishing commercial arrangements which give value for money, and in the delivery of major changes to IT underpinning services which are critical for millions of people every day. The IT for Universal Credit, in particular, is on track.  I wish him well in his retirement.”

The process for selecting his successor, as CIO for DWP, will begin immediately. The Cabinet Office will run a separate process for the next Government CIO along with the process that is already underway to replace his deputy.


Amanda Frewin

Research & Project Support

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