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opinion; Stephen Pinder, of EAD Solicitors, on proposed changes to employment law.

IN A survey of small and mediumsized businesses, one of the main barriers to success was identified as red tape and, in particular, reference was made to health and safety and employment law.

Employment law protection is an easy target for a perceived lack of competitiveness in business and changes are planned in 2012 from Government with the intention being to make it easier to dismiss workers without facing potential claims.

Employers commented in the survey that the Working Time Regulations were of great concern, but the regulations derive from an EU Directive and cannot simply be repealed.

The regulations are complex and probably do need reform, but the need to control hours of work is important and all workers should in my view be entitled to a minimum level of paid holidays. Businesses need support and all efforts must be made to ensure that there is a pro-business environment. This does not, though, require workplaces with increasing danger to health and safety, and ensuring that workers have a basic framework of rights is a sign of a civilised and considerate society. It is very unlikely, in my opinion, that any business will avoid insolvency through an ability to dilute health and safety standards or by being able to employ a workforce deprived of basic employment rights.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 10, 2012
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