New research by the CIPD has indicated that a large number of employers back the UK’s existing employment rights framework and would prefer not to see changes post-Brexit.
The organisation conducted a survey amongst 500 employers, asking for their views on more than 20 areas of employment law. Interestingly, unfair dismissal protection was rated as necessary by 93 per cent of businesses; parental rights at work deemed necessary by 82 percent of employers queried and 74 per cent of employers felt that the Working Time Regulations were adequate.
It also showed that 87 per cent of employers felt the national minimum wage regulations were useful, while 75 per cent said the current rules for agency workers were suitable.
The study also indicated that 52 per cent of employers felt they went above and beyond the legal minimum requirements when implementing employment law within their business.
More than two-thirds of employers agreed that current rules increased employees’ sense of trust and fairness in their employer, according to the research.
The findings are part of the CIPD’s new report, entitled Employment Regulation in the UK: Burden or Benefit? which shows broad support for the UK’s current employment rights framework, including EU originated legislation.
Rachel Suff, Employment Adviser at the CIPD, said: “This research shows that in many ways, the rhetoric around employment law simply does not match the reality.
“While much has been written about the need to roll back important aspects of our employment law framework to free businesses of red tape, it is clear that businesses themselves recognise the value of employment protection.
“As we debate the future of employment regulation, both in the general election and in Brexit negotiations, it is vital that we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater by making sweeping changes to employment legislation that businesses may not want.”
The study also looked at what areas should be the focus of future legislation to improve protections, with 36 percent saying well-being issues were the next important area for legislation, and nearly a third (30 percent) saying technology should be the focus.
“We are seeing more and more debate about how technology is influencing our lives,” added Rachel Suff. “Remote working brings many benefits, but recent research shows that it is also preventing people from switching off in their personal lives, and even causing stress and loss of sleep.
“It is good to see businesses recognising that employee well-being should be a priority going forward.”