IoD response to Modern Workplaces consultation

Dated: 7 August 2011

Commenting on the Government’s consultation Modern Workplaces – flexible parental leave, flexible working and working time regulations, which closes on 8 August, Alexander Ehmann, Head of Regulation at the Institute of Directors, said:

“Given the Government’s present deregulatory drive, including initiatives such as the Red Tape Challenge, there are serious questions about why it is making these proposals now. The IoD strongly supports flexible working and efforts to expand the talent pool available to employers. In principle, we also support shared parental leave, providing the administration of the leave is not burdensome to employers. Unfortunately, though, the Government is implementing these proposals in a way that will add to the complexity and cost of managing workforces. This contradicts the pro-growth, deregulatory message that we keep hearing from ministers.”

ENDS

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Notes to editors

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