Regulations

More needs to be done by the government to help smaller employers hold on to their staff during the recession.

Parents with children aged up to 16 have the right to ask their employers for flexible working patterns as from 6 April.

As from 6 April, there is a new process for solving disciplinary and grievance issues at work.

Talks between government officials and MEPs at a meeting of the EU’s conciliation committee have failed to find a solution to differences over proposed changes to the Working Time Directive.

Plans that would have seen government departments limited by budgetary scrutiny in the amount of regulation they could produce each year have been put on hold, disappointing business groups.

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