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Admin burden of new employment laws criticised


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The Better Regulation Task Force (a part of the Cabinet Office) has issued a report calling for reforms to the system of implementing employment legislation, referring to the unreasonable demands the method of regulation imposes on small and medium size employers.

Its recommendations include:

commencement dates for new legislation be grouped together, so that various Acts / SIs take effect on the same date (perhaps once or twice a year), rather than at scattered intervals during the year;

further research on the effect of employment legislation: in particular, its indirect effects on unemployment rates and investment, and degrees of awareness / penetration amongst workers;

‘stress tests’ for new legislation, to see which sectors of industry it might have the most effect on;

a free interactive CD-ROM on employment rights, to be given to all employers (and updated regularly – either over the net, or by post once a year)

a free or subsidised ACAS mediation service for businesses with less than 50 employees;

free access to ACAS seminars for employers with less than 5 employees.

Click here to see the Report (Adobe Acrobat required).

Daniel Barnett

16th May 2002

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