Comments are closed. Perhaps it is just coincidence, but the DTI has done a brilliant job thisweek in proving just why it needs to improve the way it develops employmentlegislation. One of the key points Personnel Today has been trying to make inour campaign with employers’ body the EFSP is that the Government is rushingthrough the consultation process without giving employers anything like enoughtime to provide a considered response.Last week, as if to ram the point home for us, the DTI released aconsultation document on union recognition with a deadline of responses ofunder six weeks. Many of the relevant bodies had barely had a chance to beginlooking at the consultation document by the end of last week – effectively onlygiving them five weeks to respond. Five weeks to decide a position on one ofthe biggest shake-ups in industrial relations in over a decade? This ispatently not good enough.Why is the Government in such a rush? The answer frequently given is thatthey have to implement European directives within a certain timeframe, but CBIadvisers retort that a extending deadlines by a few crucial extra weeks wouldbe perfectly feasible.The UK has an exemplary record in meeting these deadlines compared to someof our European neighbours. And it should not be forgotten that domesticgovernments are given two years overall to implement directives.Our argument has been that when there is not proper consultationpoorly-drafted legislation will be produced. Once again we have been provedright as last week a range of HR professionals have picked holes in thepart-time work directive. The problems range from the definition of part-time through to providingemployee benefits pro-rata – a host of issues that would be a nightmare for HRdepartments to deal with if the rules ever reached the statute book in thisshape. And the range of support – from HRspecialists to MPs – for our campaignsconfirms we have touched a nerve. The bottom line is this – breakneck consultation will produce legislationthat breaks. The experience of last week proves only that the Government stillcannot grasp this simple truth. Previous Article Next Article DTI’s own goal over campaign messageOn 15 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.