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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 Law Society has warned that making it easier for small businesses to dismiss people will not help them grow. The warning comes after proposals in the Beecroft report emerged, giving small businesses greater scope to dismiss employees.

Government changes to streamline employment tribunals to cut unnecessary demands on employers and encourage growth, while safeguarding workers’ rights have come into effect from 6th April. The changes include:

The Government has published a Call for Evidence to examine the current dismissal process. Interested parties, including employers and employees, are being asked for their views on whether current dismissal procedures are too onerous, too complex and whether or not there is a lack of understanding in their application.

A former NHS divisional director has received £933,000 in compensation for the racial discrimination and unfair dismissal at the hands of Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Unite has announced.

Recent research by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has shown that firms with more than 50 employees have ambitions to grow, but are frustrated by a lack of skilled labour in the UK, and burdensome regulation.

The Government has announced that, with effect from 6th April 2012, the qualification period for the right to claim unfair dismissal will be extended from one to two years.

A report released by the British Chambers of Commerce reveals that small businesses (those with between 10-49 employees) want to grow, but their ambitions are frustrated by too much red tape.

The Government's professional services group has recommended that employment tribunal awards for discrimination and unfair dismissal should be capped at £50,000, reports the Independent.

Government plans to extend the qualifying period for protection against unfair dismissal from one year to two will affect nearly three million workers, the TUC has said in its submission to the government's review of the employment tribunal system.

A teacher in West Yorkshire has lost her employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal.

The CBI has called on the Chancellor to focus his March Budget on areas that do most to boost economic growth and job creation.

A female city broker has been unsuccessful in a tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination that she had brought against her employer.

A diplomat who was employed by the British Government in Paris has lodged an employment tribunal claim after losing his job with the Department for International Development (DfID).

A postman from Southport has won the right to be reinstated after Royal Mail agreed to settle his unfair dismissal case.

Birmingham Employment Tribunal has found in favour of the employer in an unfair dismissal case involving 183 TNT employees.

An employment tribunal has upheld a school's decision to summarily dismiss dinner lady Carol Hill for gross misconduct, after she spoke to the press about an incident that had occurred in the school playground.

It appears that Andy Gray, the former sports presenter for Sky, may be considering taking legal action over his recent dismissal.

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