Early in the new year David Cameron suggested that this government would attempt to relieve some of the employment legislation and regulations facing UK businesses. Most of our clients are small and medium sized business who find this increasingly complex employment legislation, much of it coming from Europe, a real challenge.
Yet only a few weeks later we have received news of yet more employment law which will result in extra costs for businesses. These include:
Increased regulations around paternity rights including an option for the parent on paternity leave to take some of the other parent's maternity leave.
The removal of the mandatory retirement age.
Also looming on the horizon are increased rights for temporary and agency workers and an obligation for employers to offer contributory pension schemes for employees.
Although my business is largely about supporting businesses with the implementation of such legislation, I cannot help but sympathise with small businesses already struggling in the current economic climate.