Posted on 3rd March 2007

2007 - the Year of the Family

2006 was the year of TUPE and Age in the field of employment law. Nick Poole, partner at Darlington law firm Latimer Hinks looks to the future and suggests that 2007 will be focused on the family as developments in the areas of work/life balance and parental leave come to the fore. Nick said: "For employers striving to keep up to date, current employment legislation can be a minefield. We've seen two huge legislative changes impacting on the employment policies of business in 2006 - the new TUPE and age discrimination rules. You might hope that 2007 would be time for a breather and a chance to see those rules bed in. Instead, the pace of change at both UK and EU level looks set to continue. "We can expect litigation in relation to both the new TUPE and age discrimination rules. This will hopefully clarify certain areas of the legislation currently unclear or open to misinterpretation. "The publication of a final report from the Equality Review is on the cards, looking at the causes of persistent discrimination and inequality in British society. We will also hear further from the parallel Discrimination Review, which aims to put in place a single Equality Act by the end of this Parliament. "However, 2007 will undoubtedly be the year of the family with new rules ranging from the extension of paid maternity leave to the possible increase in statutory holiday entitlements. HR managers and employment lawyers - expect another busy year!" Key developments - looking back to 2006 and forward to 2007