red tape challenge

Firms Called On to Highlight Worst Employment Laws

Small firms across the UK have just three weeks left to identify the worst aspects of employment law, as part of ongoing Government efforts to cut red tape. In the latest stage of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge, which aims to cut back on excessive regulation, ministers have urged businesses to name specific areas of employment law that they would like to see changed or even scrapped. Examples of legislation under review include immigration checks, the National Minimum Wage, statutory sick pay and collective redundancies.  “Whether it is the filling out of endless forms when you hire your first member of staff, the complexities of letting somebody go or simply managing staff on a day-to-day basis, we want to review these regulations with the aim of giving business more... »

Red Tape Challenge: Equality Laws Next

Businesses have until the 30th June to propose reforms to simplify equality regulations, as part of the Government’s ongoing Red Tape Challenge. The Government has put 21,000 statutory instruments “up for removal” under the Red Tape Challenge, unless there is a strong case for keeping them. Businesses of all sizes have been called on to vote online for which regulations should be scrapped, simplified or retained. The review is currently focusing on the Equality Act (2010), the biggest overhaul of UK anti-discrimination law since 1975. The Red Tape Challenge website is split across themes such as how the Act applies in the workplace, and in the provision of goods and services. Some of the key issues of the Act included an extension of discrimination law, the prohibition on employers asking ... »

6,000 Firms Call for Red Tape Cuts

More than 6,000 firms call for red tape cuts in first week of review More than 6,000 small firms have responded to the Government’s Red Tape Challenge since it launched at the beginning of April and proposed specific cuts to business regulations. Businesses of all sizes have been called on to vote online for which regulations should be scrapped, simplified or retained, following the Government’s pledge to review 21,000 statutory instruments. The initiative will see regulations for different sectors being debated every few weeks. To date, individuals have only been able to propose reforms in the retail sector (for which the consultation runs until 4 May). Regulations in the hospitality industry, transportation and manufacturing sectors are next on the agenda. The Department for Business, In... »