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  • Science and Innovation Strategy 2014

    Later this year, the government will publish a new science and innovation Strategy. Economic growth is fuelled by investment in science and innovation. Our ambition is for the UK to be the best place in the world to do science and the most attractive place to start, finance and grow an... More
    Closed 12 September 2014
  • National Minimum Wage: draft consolidated regulations

    Since they were introduced, the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (“the 1999 Regulations”) have been amended over twenty times. As well as the annual changes to the minimum wage rates, there have been a number of substantial changes to the rules, for example in relation to exemptions to... More
    Closed 15 September 2014
  • Whistleblowing: prescribed persons reporting requirement

    This consultation has been issued to seek views on the practical implication of a legal power contained in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill to require certain prescribed persons to report annually on public interest disclosures (whistleblowing disclosures) that they receive.... More
    Closed 30 September 2014
  • Adult further education: how do we measure success?

    We are consulting on how to provide better and more useful information on what learners do after leaving further education and training. This will help both learners and employers make better informed decisions when choosing courses and training. Please click on the link below to share... More
    Closed 10 October 2014
  • Zero Hours Employment Contracts: Banning exclusivity clauses - tackling avoidance

    Earlier this year, over 35,000 people responded to our previous zero hours contracts consultation . And, as part of the Small Business Bill, we committed to ban so-called exclusivity clauses in this part of contracts. We are now seeking your views on the best ways to approach... More
    Closed 3 November 2014
  • Independent Review of the Sharing Economy - Call for Evidence

    Debbie Wosskow, CEO of Love Home Swap I am leading an independent review of the sharing economy for the UK Government. The sharing economy is a new set of business models, driven by technologies that are making it easier for people to share their property, time and skills. Examples... More
    Closed 11 November 2014
  • WEEE compliance fee: how it should work

    We’re asking for views from those affected on proposals for a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) compliance fee methodology. These include: producers Approved, Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATFs) Producer Compliance Schemes (PCSs) local... More
    Closed 28 November 2014
  • Consumer Rights Bill Guidance Testing: Autumn 2014

    The Consumer Rights Bill is a major reform of UK consumer law. If you a business selling to consumers, a consumer or an enforcer of consumer law it will impact on you. This exercise is testing guidance on parts of the Bill, but you can also learn about all of the Bill online . ... More
    Closed 7 December 2014
  • Wood Review Implementation Call for Evidence

    This consultation was carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In July 2016, the department merged with the Department for Business and Innovation and Skills to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In June 2013 the Secretary of State for Energy... More
    Closed 31 December 2014
  • How can Public Data Group data be made more accessible and useful?

    The Public Data Group (PDG) brings together four public sector bodies - Companies House, Land Registry, Met Office and Ordnance Survey - that collect, refine, manage and distribute data on the nation’s companies, property, weather and geography. The Public Data Group’s data is... More
    Closed 28 February 2015
  • Proposed Amendments to the Employment Tribunal Postponement Procedures

    This consultation seeks views on the proposed changes to the rules governing Employment Tribunal postponements. One of the concerns about the Tribunal system voiced by stakeholders, is the time it takes. Unecessary and short notice postponements can increase the length of the process and lead... More
    Closed 12 March 2015
  • Implementation of the Cape Town Treaty

    In 2014 BIS held a consultation on how the UK should ratify the Convention on international interests in mobile equipment and the Protocol thereto on matters specific to aircraft equipment, commonly called the Cape Town Convention. The treaty aims to reduce the cost of raising finance for... More
    Closed 15 March 2015
  • Updated guidance on The Consumer Rights (Payment Surcharges) Regulations 2012

    BIS is seeking the views of stakeholders on draft revised guidance on the Consumer Rights (Payment Surcharges) Regulations 2012. Contributions should be sent by close on Friday 20 March 2015. More
    Closed 20 March 2015
  • Recovering unpaid Employment Tribunal awards survey

    A survey on experiences of enforcement of unpaid employment tribunal (ET) awards and Acas conciliated settlements (COT3). As part of our wider work on improving the rate of payment we have commissioned further research on unpaid awards due to deliver its findings in June 2015. This survey... More
    Closed 27 March 2015
  • Alternative Providers of Higher Education: Improving Quality and Value For Money

    This consultation seeks views on three proposals aimed at improving the overall outcomes for students and value for money at alternative providers of higher education. Together these proposals aim to improve the likelihood that students at alternative providers will succeed in their courses,... More
    Closed 27 March 2015
  • Mapping the UK knowledge landscape (CST)

    The Council for Science and Technology (CST) is investigating the UK’s knowledge landscape. The aim of this project is to build a picture of the whole research landscape in the UK and to develop a stronger evidence base. This will help to inform future strategic decision-making and help... More
    Closed 30 April 2015
  • Consultation on Support for Postgraduate Study

    At Autumn Statement 2014, Government announced its intention to introduce a new loan system for postgraduate taught Master’s students. For the first time, anyone under age 30 who is eligible and accepted to study a postgraduate taught Master’s course, in any subject, will be able to... More
    Closed 29 May 2015
  • A dual mandate for adult vocational education

    The consultation document – A Dual Mandate for Adult Vocational Education: summarises what has been done since 2010 to promote a high quality system of vocational education and taining for adults across further and higher education sectors analyses England's weaker performance on... More
    Closed 16 June 2015
  • Competition regime: Competition and Markets Authority - government's strategic priorities

    This consultation is on the government’s proposed new Ministerial Strategic Steer for the Competition and Markets Authority. The Steer outlines the government's strategic priorities for the CMA. When the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was established the government issued a... More
    Closed 16 August 2015
  • Small Business Commissioner consultation

    Small businesses are not always sure where to turn to help them sort out disputes with other businesses. There are existing dispute resolution bodies which provide valuable services. But for general contractual issues, including where smaller businesses feel that other businesses treat them... More
    Closed 21 August 2015
  • Small Business Commissioner Survey (disputes and dispute resolution)

    The Government is determined to see smaller businesses thrive and grow, to help support our economy, both locally and nationally. We are proposing to establish a Small Business Commissioner to lead a culture change in how businesses resolve – and ultimately avoid – commercial disputes. We... More
    Closed 21 August 2015
  • Consultation on tackling intimidation of non-striking workers

    The Government is reforming and modernising the rules relating to picketing. The Trade Union Bill makes key aspects of the Code of Practice on Picketing legally binding. In addition the Government is consulting on: whether the legal framework should be strengthened, including whether... More
    Closed 9 September 2015
  • Hiring agency staff during strike action: reforming regulation

    The recruitment sector is regulated by the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (the ‘Conduct Regulations’). Currently Regulation 7 of the Conduct Regulations prohibits employment businesses from providing agency... More
    Closed 9 September 2015
  • Consultation on ballot thresholds in important public services

    Trade Unions can play an important role in the work place. They have a legitimate need to represent their members’ interests, and sometimes that involves balloting for industrial action. However, there is also a responsibility to ensure that industrial action is only used as a measure of... More
    Closed 9 September 2015
  • Devolving Sunday Trading Rules

    Large shops (those with a relevant floor area of over 280 square metres / 3,000 square feet) have restricted opening hours on a Sunday, but smaller shops can open all day. This consultation seeks views on whether the Government should devolve Sunday trading rules as part of its localism... More
    Closed 16 September 2015
  • Posted Workers Consultation

    Posted workers are individuals who are employed in one European Member State but sent by their employer to work temporarily in another Member State before returning home. The 1996 Posted Workers Directive (96/71/EC) provides a framework so that both businesses and workers can take full... More
    Closed 24 September 2015
  • Apprenticeships levy: employer owned apprenticeships training

    This consultation invites you to comment on the government’s proposal to introduce an apprenticeship levy to enable employers to choose and pay for the apprenticeship training. The consultation seeks views on: paying the levy; how the levy should work for employers who... More
    Closed 2 October 2015
  • Freezing the student loan repayment threshold

    We're seeking your views on keeping the student loan repayment threshold at £21,000 for 5 years. More
    Closed 14 October 2015
  • Consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariffs scheme

    This consultation was carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In July 2016, the department merged with the Department for Business and Innovation and Skills to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This consultation proposes a set of measures to... More
    Closed 23 October 2015
  • Extending and Simplifying Primary Authority : Keeping the UK Competitive

    Primary Authority provides businesses with consistent, tailored, assured advice they can rely on and provides regulators with flexible ways of working. This gives businesses greater confidence to invest and grow and increases regulator efficiency. Operational since 2009, Primary Authority makes... More
    Closed 5 November 2015
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