Policy paper

Employment Law 2013: Progress on Reform

Outlines the government's vision for the UK labour market and Employment Law Review work to support an effective labour market.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Employment Law 2013: Progress on Reform


Describes the principles behind the Employment Law Review, progress of the review and how the employment law reforms are contributing to a fair, effective and flexible labour market in the UK.

The UK still has one of the most lightly regulated labour markets in the world. However over the last two decades a steady flow of new employment regulation has added complexity and, to a degree, undermined the overall efficiency of the labour market.

We launched the Employment Law Review to systematically to test our existing laws. Through the Review and other consultative processes we have listened. Two years into the Review, we have delivered significant improvements. Our reforms support better relationships between workers and employers. They aimed to make evolutionary improvements to the labour market so it retains a flexibility and dynamism that benefits individuals, employers and the economy.

This report explains our guiding vision and strategy, improvements made, and our ambitious schedule of implementation for the remainder of this Parliament.

Published 14 March 2013