Employment law campaign aims to reduce costs for businesses

The government has launched a new campaign which aims to help employers save time and money on employment costs.

The ‘Employing People’ campaign is part of a drive by the Department for Business to reduce employment law burdens on businesses by £365m per year by May 2010.

The campaign aims to promote savings by directing employers to Business Link’s online tools, calculators and interactive guides, to help them understand their legal obligations and reduce unnecessary duplication of materials and wasted effort.

The site includes pre-written statements of employment, and advice on staff inductions, managing maternity leave and pay, and how to calculate redundancy pay.

Employment relations minister Pat McFadden said: “Complying with legislation can be complex at times, but employment law is often easier than business owners think. Instead of spending money on buying in professional advice on employment law, employers can get access to a range of easy-to-use, fully compliant documents that take only a few minutes to complete.”

Katja Hall, the CBI’s director of employment policy, said: “Small firms in particular will appreciate the government’s support and guidance being in one place, with the free tools a cost effective way to reduce time spent calculating things like sick pay.”

Kieran O’Keeffe, senior policy adviser at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Our members – particularly if they are smaller firms – always struggle with employment law. Anything the government can do to promote simple guidance that cuts out unnecessary expense and paperwork is most welcome.”

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