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Employment Law Round Up: New Legislation Impacting Employers

Parental leave entitlement increases on 8 March 2013

Parental leave entitlement for qualifying employees increased from 13 to 18 weeks on 8 March 2013. 
 
Lords vote to outlaw caste discrimination

On 4 March 2013, the House of Lords agreed an amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-13 which would make caste discrimination unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. However, the amendment will need the support of the House of Commons if it is to take effect. On 1 March, the government stated that it did not intend to make caste discrimination unlawful at the present time, and that the Equality and Human Rights Commission would examine the nature and extent of caste prejudice and report later this year.

Lords vote to retain the EHRC's general duty in section 3 of the Equality Act 2006

On 4 March 2013, the House of Lords agreed an amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-13 to retain the Equality and Human Rights Commission's general duty in section 3 of the Equality Act 2006, which sets out the core principles and values of the Commission.

Directors' remuneration: Lords propose further amendments to ERRB

On 5 March 2013, the House of Lords published government amendments (to be moved on report) to clauses of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-13 that will amend Companies Act 2006 provisions regulating the disclosure and governance of directors' remuneration in quoted companies.

Lords agree to abolition of Agricultural Wages Board

On 6 March 2013, the House of Lords agreed an amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-13 that would abolish the Agricultural Wages Board. The Board currently sets minimum wages and other terms for agricultural workers in England and Wales.

Government announces changes to immigration law

The government has announced that new codes of practice for skilled migrant workers from outside the European Economic Area will apply from 6 April 2013, along with new salary thresholds and advertising requirements.

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