Feeds

Employment law is too complex, says FSB

Small.biz growth stifled by red tape

The next step in data security

Small businesses are finding it very difficult to cope with increasing amounts of employment legislation, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The trade group says calls to its free legal helpline on employment issues grew by 30 per cent last year.

There were 70,943 calls to the helpline in 2005, up from 55,036 in 2004. Most calls related to disciplinary procedures.

Of these, the largest increases were seen in calls on dismissal, up to 7,583 calls from 2,771 (an increase of 174 per cent) and grievances, which were up 118 per cent to 2,442.

Queries on paternity and adoption leave grew 100 per cent in 2005, while calls on employers' liability were up 96 per cent to 736 and calls on flexible working grew 93 per cent. Conversely, calls concerning unfair dismissal dropped 71 per cent between 2004 and 2005, while calls on wrongful dismissal fell 76 per cent.

"There are at least 26 Acts of Parliament on employment issues and it is tough for small firms to deal with all their requirements, as these figures show," FSB Members' Services chairman Sandy Harris said.

He continued: "We do not want to repeal or reduce all legal safeguards for employees. But without a simplification of employment law small firms' growth will continue to be stifled. If the government wishes to achieve its aims for future economic prosperity then it should take its foot off the pedal on employment legislation."

Copyright © 2006, OUT-LAW.com

OUT-LAW.COM is part of international law firm Pinsent Masons.

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.