Examination of Witnesses

Part of Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:40 am ar 19 Mehefin 2012.

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Katja Hall: I would agree with the point about protecting conversations and also with the point that employment regulation is a burden for employers. We do an employment trends survey every year and 67% of respondents to the  survey we did a few weeks ago said that employment regulation was a threat to the UK’s competitiveness. I think that the way to think about it is that there is an issue in some cases with the laws themselves—I would use the agency workers regulations as an example here—but often the biggest problem is the application of the law. The biggest problem for our members by far is the employment tribunal system. Small firms in particular feel that the tribunal system is not working at the moment. We know that a quarter of firms settle tribunal claims, even where the legal advice is that they would win that claim in court. We are particularly interested in the proposals to reform tribunals in the Bill and we think that there is probably scope to go further at some stage.