Govt to provide advice on employment law

by Rachel Crook

The government has announced it is setting up a one-stop shop to offer advice for small businesses on keeping up with employment legislation.

Following recommendations in the Anderson Review to provide more information to firms, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Berr) has announced the setting up of a service to give help to small companies concerned with such issues.

As well as employment law, health and safety legislation compliance will also be covered.

Business minister Stephen Carter commented: "In the current economic climate it is more important than ever that we help to reduce the time and money businesses spend on compliance with regulation."

Those seeking legal advice on various aspects of company management could look to pick up a pack advising on issues including contracts, legal forms and setting up a business.

One new legal issue to arise is that of age discrimination.

Last week the European Court of Justice ruled that age discrimination in relation to issues such as retirement ages could be applied, provided it is done to achieve "legitimate" aims and through "appropriate and necessary" means.

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Published on: March 9, 2009

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