Leading HR experts look back at Labour's record since it took office in 1997
The CIPD said it is disappointed with Labour's heavy-handed approach to legislation since 1997. It questions whether many of the regulations have benefited either the employer or the employee.
Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the CIPD, said, "The problem is that governments are good at legislation - it is easy. The promotion of good work-based practice, however, is a lot harder and needs a lot more time and work."
He is concerned that the Government does not provide enough time for proper consultation with employers.
"The 90-day time limit does not give employers enough time to have their say," he said. "Although the DTI is saying it will wait three months after the end of the consultation period before implementing legislation.
"The DTI is setting a standard and I just hope it keeps to it."
Emmott also believes the Government should provide employers with more guidance once new legislation is in force. He said, "Legislation under the current government tends to be wordy and lack clarity. I know our members are very concerned that Labour seems to be unwilling or unable to give employers guidance."
He called on the next government to place more emphasis on promoting best practice in the workplace and stop the flow of new legislation.
Employers' forum on statue and practice
The Government has consistently failed to consult thoroughly before introducing new regulation, according to the chief executive of the Employers' Forum on Statute and Practice.
Reviewing the Government's record over the past four years, Robbie Gilbert told Personnel Today that failure to consult properly with relevant bodies has undermined some of the legislation introduced.
He said, "I would give the Government five out of 10 in terms of giving adequate opportunity for input from HR practitioners.
"There have been a number of problems - the Working Time and Parental Leave directives, for example, where the Government had to revisit the regulations to deal with issues they would have picked up on in the first place if there had been proper consultation with practitioners."
Gilbert is unhappy with the Government's approach to consultation on the Work and Parents Green Paper, whe