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Businesses 'overestimate burden' of employment law

Posted: 18th April 2013   In: Business Employment

Many businesses overestimate the burden placed on them by employment regulations, according to Government research.

Its survey found that businesses that view regulations as burdensome often did so because of a lack of understanding of employment law. Dismissal processes were seen as particularly stressful and costly, with some employers going beyond the legal requirements because they mistakenly believed such action was necessary.

Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson said perceptions of employment law did not match the reality of the actual legislation. She said: “What this study shows is that we need to work with employers to help them better understand their rights and responsibilities.

“We are reviewing existing legislation with the aim of providing clarity and certainty for business to give them the confidence to manage their workforce effectively.

“We are addressing business and employee concerns about the dismissal process through encouraging a greater use of settlement agreements.”

The study was called, Employer Perceptions and Impact of Employment Regulation. Some of its main findings included:

Please contact John Carter for more information about the issues raised in this article or any aspect of employment law.