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Business perceptions of employment legislation are at odds with the actual impact of legislation according to a new government commissioned study published by Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson.

The Employer Perceptions and Impact of Employment Regulation study found that businesses that view employment law as burdensome often did so because of a lack of understanding of the law. Dismissal processes in particular were seen as stressful and costly with some employers going beyond legal requirements in the mistaken belief that such action was necessary.

Other report findings showed:

  • when recruiting staff, employers said their main focus was finding the best candidate with the desired education, experience and skills. Equality legislation, recruiting migrant workers and the Agency Workers Directive were all raised by employers as impacting recruitment practices;
  • employers who maintain formal working practices are more confident about compliance and do not see employment regulation as burdensome. Employers who work informally and only react to when a problem comes up are worried about litigation and compliance;
  • micro, small and medium sized businesses who had little internal HR expertise saw employment regulation as complex and inaccessible to people who lacked a background in law or HR; and
  • medium and large businesses were proactive in learning about legislation and keeping up to date with changes and use sources such as Direct.gov and Acas. Smaller businesses are more reactive and only sought information if a problem arose and say the media is their main source information about changes to legislation.


The UK’s demand for a flexible workforce remains strong, according to new evidence from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest JobsOutlook survey, a monthly poll of employer hiring intentions.

Employees were absent an average of 6.8 days per employee this year, down from 7.7 days last year, according to the Simplyhealth Absence Management survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Aviva’s annual Health of the Workplace report has revealed that companies are already starting to see a change in their workforce demographics, prompting fears that ageing workforce health issues will affect their company.

A quarter of small business owners in the UK do not feel confident they would be able to recognise and address ill health, stress or depression among their staff, according to recent Bupa research.

Creating the right conditions for businesses to grow and succeed is at the centre of new business legislation announced in the Queen’s Speech.

A Professor of employment law has called for a change in work culture, where whistleblowers are rewarded, not penalised, for revealing wrongdoing within organisations.

Nearly half (48%) of the adult workers who took part in a recent survey say they are more, or much more, stressed than 12 months ago. The survey of over 1,200 adult workers by Croner reveals that higher unpaid workloads (57%) and performance pressures (45%) are being held to blame.

In a special Work Audit report published to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has looked at how work in Britain has changed since 1952.

The two billion hours of unpaid overtime worked last year would be enough to create over a million extra full-time jobs, according to the TUC.

A new report from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that out of the different occupational groups, managers and senior officials work the most unpaid overtime.

The Government has announced a package of reforms to the employment law system. Changes will include an overhaul of employment tribunals, which is expected to deliver £40 million a year in benefits to employers.

“Third Place” gains pace

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A new independent research report has scotched the myth that flexible working means home-working.

Workplace relations body Acas is warning employers that time is running out to get to grips with the biggest-ever shake-up of rights for temp workers.

Agency Workers Regulations

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With the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) due to come into force shortly, Croner is urging businesses that rely on agency workers to consider the impact this will have on their company.

Whistle while you work

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Over three quarters of UK office workers would turn a blind eye to malpractice in the office and fail to report it, according to the latest research from the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST).

Recent research has found that UK workers’ eating habits are suffering due to stress. Although employees and bosses recognise the value of taking a lunch break for well being, longer hours and workplace pressures are stopping staff from taking the breaks they need.

Recent research has revealed that 52% of British workers who are not self-employed admit to having worked through their holidays. Nearly one in five (18%) make a regular habit of it.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has responded to the Government's Modern Workplaces consultation, saying that the right to request flexible working should be extended to all employees and the Government should stick to its implementation timetable of 2015.

Over ten million people in the UK have seen their work-life balance deteriorate as a consequence of the recession.

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