Taskforce criticises Government for adding to the legal burden

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The Government’s insistence that it understands the employment law pressureson business do not ring true after an internal taskforce report claims it istoo happy to wield the regulatory sledgehammer. The independent Better Regulation Taskforce, set up by the Cabinet Office,said it could find little evidence that departments gave serious considerationto non-regulatory options when considering how to achieve their policyobjectives. Ian Peters, chairman of the group which carried out the review, said:”The taskforce believes there needs to be a constructive discussion aboutall the options available to meet an employment policy objective, withlegislation as a last resort.” Departments should give better consideration to softer alternatives such aseconomic instruments or codes of practice, he said. The report also recommends a package of measures to help employers complywith new regulations. It said departments and agencies should attempt to group start dates ofchanges together, rather than scattering them throughout the year so employersmust constantly be on the look out. It also called for more accessible information and advice, including morehands-on guidance on dealing with specific situations rather than complexregulation descriptions, and one-to-one advice visits by Acas. “We will keep up pressure for improvement,” said taskforcechairman David Arculus. Employers group, the CBI, welcomed the report and the “sensible packagefor delivering much needed improvement in guidance and advice”. But deputy director general John Cridland said the group “would bedeeply disappointed if the report turns out to be another false dawn. “The Government must show it is capable of turning fine words into realaction.” Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Taskforce criticises Government for adding to the legal burdenOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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