Employment laws 'in need of overhaul'

by Christopher Evans

A series of changes are needed to business in the UK to avoid stifling a full economic recovery, one group has said.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) outlined what it calls "freebie measures" that the government could implement without businesses having to incur considerable costs.

Among its suggestions is that the right to request flexible working should be abolished, as the organisation believes this creates red tape for firms.

Furthermore, the IoD recommended that workers should no longer be given the right to ask for time off for training.

Miles Templeman, director-general of the IoD, commented: "Many of the measures we have proposed today are long overdue and would improve the UK's infrastructure and the functioning of its labour market."

Earlier this month, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development claimed that more business advice needs to be given out to firms surrounding workplace pensions.

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Published on: February 7, 2011

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