Government selects panel members to simplify employment law

The government has appointed leading business, union and legal figures to a panel to look at ways of simplifying employment law.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) secretary of state, Alistair Darling, this week named the nine practitioners that would sit on the panel chaired by Michael Gibbons.

Gibbons is a member of the DTI’s Ministerial Challenge Panel and the Better Regulation Commission.

The other panel members are:

  • Susan Anderson, director of HR policy at the CBI
  • Paul Backhouse, head of personnel policy and benefits at John Lewis
  • Richard Dunstan, social policy adviser at the Citizens’ Advice Bureaux
  • Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Martin Flavell of Italian company Finmeccanica
  • Scott Johnson, partner at W F Watt
  • Peter Schofield, director of legal and employment affairs at the EEF
  • Simon Topman, managing director of the Acme Whistles Company Ltd
  • Sarah Veale, head of employment rights at the TUC

In March 2006, the DTI announced an Employment Law Simplification Review, which aims to reduce the costs and complexity of complying with employment law, without diluting employee or union rights.

The DTI Simplification Plan, published on 11 December and available online, summarises current and intended progress on employment law simplification.

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