The Trade and Industry Select Committee has concluded that present employment
regulation in the UK is not excessively burdensome on employers and does not
pose a threat to UK competitiveness.
In its findings, the 'Report on UK Employment Regulation', the Select Committee
also recommended that future regulation should only be introduced where there
is a clear problem identified which can only be remedied by regulatory intervention.
Among the other main conclusions, the report identified that the right to
request flexible working for the parents of young children had been well received
and the proposal should be extended to all those with caring responsibilities.
However, the Committee was not convinced by the arguments for retaining the
opt-out from the Working Time Directive, submitting that the terms of the Directive
incorporate sufficient flexibility to accommodate the needs of business.