CBI conference – employers warn red tape costing billions

The CBI this week threw down the gauntlet to the Government over employment red tape in the run-up to next year’s General Election.

It urged politicians not to promise more employment rights in the next parliament and put the cost of implementing the current raft of workplace legislation at an estimated £12.3 bn.

The CBI also criticised the Government for introducing its policies too quickly leaving business struggling to cope.

A CBI report published at its annual conference in Birmingham this week pins the blame for excessive red tape on poor drafting and consultation, and hasty implementation. It says these shortcomings left businesses uncertain about the steps they needed to take.

The report’s findings come nine months after Personnel Today launched its campaign for better regulation. The campaign, in association with the Employers’ Forum on Statute and Practice, called on the Government to issue clear guidance and consultation documents, and give employers more time to respond to consultations.

For more details see today’s issue of Personnel Today (7 November).

www.cbi.org.uk

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