Employment related law
Employment Related Law aims to protect employees from unfair practices and make staff and employers clear about their rights and responsibilities – and that remains a priority. But when regulation becomes over complicated and restrictive it can have the opposite effect and make it difficult for business to create new jobs.
Regulation plays an important part in ensuring fairness for individuals. The UK labour market is already one of the least regulated, but does it need to be so complicated, and are there better ways to protect employee’s rights?
This is why the Government’s Employment Law Review is looking at policies and regulation that place requirements on employers. It is asking whether they are still necessary and appropriate, whether they could be simplified, or better implemented and enforced.
The Red Tape Challenge spotlight on Employment Related Law is the latest phase of this review. We encourage both employees and employers to have your say on how to improve this important set of regulations and make them more workable for all. Join the debate in the comment thread below.
The regulations are broken down into 4 sub-categories.
Regulations that aim to ensure effective enforcement of the rules, so that both employers and workers have confidence in the framework.
These regulations govern how terms of employment can be ended.
Regulations that look at issues that employers face in managing staff, such as flexible working, and set a framework for how employers manage their staff.
These regulations govern how employers can recruit staff.
We previously invited general comments on employment related law regulations. To view the old comment page, please click here.
We have also published a discussion paper ‘Flexible, Effective, Fair: promoting economic growth through a strong and efficient labour market’. The paper sets out our vision for a strong and efficient labour market and, derived from this vision, the principles that are guiding the Government’s approach to the labour market framework. It also provides an update on the on-going Employment Law Review and the Review of Government Enforcement of Workplace Rights. We have included some questions for you to think about when you are responding to this theme.
This site is designed to promote open discussion of ways in which the aims of existing regulation can be fulfilled in the least burdensome way possible. The presence of a particular regulation or law on this website should not be read as implying any intention on the part of the Government to remove that regulation or law from the statute book. The purpose of this exercise is to open government up to the public.