Support for Personnel Today's campaign with the EFSP to give employers more say on developing and implementing legislation has been flooding in.
Employers, politicians and the TUC are backing our call to give employers more time to respond to consultation documents and implement laws. The campaign also wants clear guidance and well drafted documents.
Liberal Democrat MP Brian Cotter pledged to raise the issues in the House of Commons.
He said there was often not even enough time to debate the laws properly in Parliament. Working Time legislation was rushed through the Commons, he added.
"I support the measures in the part-time working directive, but again the timescale for consulting is too short and it has to be implemented by April, why isn't longer being given?" he asked.
Conservative employment spokeswoman Angela Browning MP said she was particularly concerned about the impact on small businesses. "They should have a longer lead time. The Government has added to the burdens on them."
Support for the campaign has also come from unions. TUC general secretary John Monks said, "Regulations should be clear and concise with proper codes of practice or guidance going out with each piece of legislation."
He added there needs to be consistency in the consultation process and in definitions such as the meaning of the term "worker".
Steve Gerrard, HR manager at Marine Projects, said the DTI's argument that there is time for "informal" consultation before official documents are issued, is not good enough because employers do not know in advance what will be in the papers.
Norwich airport personnel manager David Rankin called for a minimum of three months to implement laws.
David Procter, operations manager at the Nesco Group, said, "I am appalled by the conflicting advice I am given due to the lack of clear guidance."
By Dominique Hammond