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Alice in Wonderland visits Ukemplaw

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 Alice in Wonderland visits Ukemplaw   news employment law reform 2

 

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 

 

There are times – many times – when I think I’m going mad and yesterday was one of them. The Department for Business Innovation & Skills published a study called The Employer Perceptions and Impact of Employment Regulation study.

The main finding of this report is “businesses that view employment law as burdensome often did so because of a lack of understanding of the law” and “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.” Jo Swinson, the Employment Relations Minister went on to state that the UK has one of the “most lightly regulated and flexible employment systems in the world. What this study shows is that we need to work with employers to help them better understand their rights and responsibilities leaving them free to focus on growing their business.

Amen to that last sentence.  So why on earth have we had two years of consultations and reforms if the current system is so lightly regulated and flexible? Why not concentrate on educating employers given the study apparently found that “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”.

 

What can you say?

 

“You would have to be half mad to dream me up.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 Alice in Wonderland visits Ukemplaw   news employment law reform 2

 Alice in Wonderland visits Ukemplaw   news employment law reform 2

Michael Scutt, Employment Solicitor 

Employment solicitor with Crane and Staples, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Blogger & writer. I like cycling, cricket, football and history.

2 Responses to Alice in Wonderland visits Ukemplaw

  1. [...] I must admit to rather liking the last proposal as Unions in certain industries, such as the railways and fire service can cause massive disruption if they call a strike, especially when the weather is good or there is a big sporting event on. But as for “unleashing business”, the IOD seems to have overlooked the Department of Business Innovation and Skills’ report on “The Employer Perceptions and Impact of Employment Regulation” report published in March, which I wrote about here  [...]

  2. [...] Michael Scutt: Alice in Wonderland Visits Ukemplaw   “You would have to be half mad to dream me up.” A brief, excellent post in which UK employment law expert Michael Scutt detects distinct and frankly rather hard-to-refute parallels between recent developments in the world of #ukemplaw and events in the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice. For further related reading, please see my colleague Stephen Simpson’s excellent post: Employment law reform progress report: The Government’s confused rationale for changing employment law. Follow Michael on Twitter. [...]

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