Employers struggle with over-complex legislation

first_img Previous Article Next Article Employers struggle to comply with employment legislation because it is fartoo difficult to understand and implement, research finds. A survey of more than 6,000 employers by law firm Peninsula finds that 87per cent report that employment legislation is too difficult to follow, whileonly 27 per cent of those believe they fully comply with all HR laws in place. More than 80 per cent of employers feel the chances of them being taken toan employment tribunal are high. Peter Done, managing director of Peninsula, said employers cannot follow thelaws because they are too difficult and should be simplified. He cites the new right for parents to request flexible working – introducedas part of the Employment Act on 6 April – as an example of the increasingcommitments employers face as a result of new employment law. Other regulation on the horizon includes legislation later this yearoutlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, religion andbelief and new rules for employers on consulting and informing with staff in2005. “Employers simply cannot follow employment legislation because it is socomplex, there is far too much of it and a balance needs to be sought ofextending the rights of workers and helping employers tackle new employmentlegislation,” he said. The survey also reveals that more than 90 per cent of employers believe theGovernment has imposed too much red tape. And eight out of 10 respondents are not aware of their responsibilitiesunder forthcoming new legislation. Done welcomed Patricia Hewitt’s recent announcement that new legislationwill be announced at the beginning of every year and introduced on only twodates in April and October. “If the Government sticks to what it promised by announcing legislationto be introduced at the beginning of the year, this would help,” he said. By Ben Willmottwww.peninsula-uk.com Employers struggle with over-complex legislationOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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