Brexit: businesses support current employment laws

Employers are in support of the current employment law regime as negotiations to leave the European Union rumble on.

The CIPD asked 500 employers about the necessity of 28 areas of employment law and found that most employers thought all areas are necessary.

Areas included:

  • unfair dismissal laws (93%)
  • the national minimum wage (87%)
  • parental rights at work (82%)
  • agency worker laws (75%)
  • working time regulations (74%).

However, some employers thought some regulations are poorly drafted or difficult to apply. For example, whistle-blowing laws are seen as important by 83% of employers, but less than half (41%) think they are well drafted and straightforward to apply.

When asked which areas should be the focus of future legislation, 36% said wellbeing issues and 30% said technology.

Rachel Suff, employment adviser at the CIPD, said:

“As we debate the future of employment regulation, both in the general election and in Brexit negotiations, it is vital we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater by making sweeping changes to employment legislation that businesses may not want.”

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