Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
UK: Report on Employment Law (The Beecroft Report)
Source: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (UK)
From the Introduction:
Britain has a deficit crisis, from which the only escape route is economic growth. Growth needs to be encouraged in every way possible.
Businesses must be able to manage their affairs in a way that allows them to become more efficient, more competitive on a domestic and global basis and hence more likely to grow and employ more people.
Yet much of employment law and regulation impedes the search for efficiency and competitiveness. It deters small businesses in particular from wanting to take on more employees: as a result they grow more slowly than they otherwise might. Many regulations, conceived in an era of full employment, are designed to make employment more attractive to potential employees. That was addressing yesterday’s problem. In today’s era of a lack of jobs those regulations simply exacerbate the national problem of high unemployment.
While it may seem counter-intuitive, even making it easier to remove underperforming employees will in the short run not increase unemployment as they will be replaced by more competent employees. In the long run it will increase employment by making our businesses more competitive and hence more likely to grow.
A crisis such as the one Britain’s economy faces demands radical changes to encourage employers to take on more staff, and thus to grow. Some employee protections, such as those preventing discrimination or dangerous working conditions, must be maintained. Others, which encourage people to take employment but discourage employers from offering it, must be changed, permanently or temporarily, to help the country out of its difficulties.
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By Adrian Janes
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