The majority of employers are confident that their existing consultation procedures will comply with the forthcoming Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations.
The regulations are due to be phased in from 6 April 2005.
The survey of more than 80 employers shows the majority also believe the regulations are necessary, and 57 per cent believe they are sufficiently flexible.
The ICE regulations appear to have rejuvenated the concept of works councils. Fifteen per cent of the respondents said they had recently set up a new forum or consultative body of some kind, or plan to do so in the next 12 months.
Nine in 10 employers are not expecting a deluge of consultation requests from staff once the regulations come into force, but only a quarter had sought agreement from employees on whether the consultation arrangements were satisfactory.