MPs blast regulations recordOn 4 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today The Government has come under fire from its backbenchers for botching theconsultation on the draft Part-time Work regulations.The House of Commons Education and Employment Committee, which has beenscrutinising the legislative process and is made up mainly of Labour MPs, haspublished a scathing report on the Government’s handling of the regulations.It echoed the criticisms already made by employers in Personnel Today thatthe six weeks provided for consultation was not long enough and the documentwas short and badly written (News, 8 February). Meanwhile, the final draft of the law has still not been published despitebeing due to go live this Friday (7 April). It will not be known until it comes out whether the law will apply to”employees” or the much wider group of “workers”.As Personnel Today went to press, ministers were still consideringconsultation responses. A DTI spokeswoman was unable to say whether theimplementation date will be put back.Tom Fleming HR director of Jewson said: “This reinforces my view thatthe whole time table is driven by a desire to get the legislation in place andactive rather than the desire to get it right.”Robbie Gilbert, chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Statute andPractice and Personnel Today’s partner in the campaign for better consultation,said this has been the worst example of the Government getting it wrong.”After his experience with Rover you would have thought Stephen Byerswould be more sympathetic for the need to consult before things happen,”he said. He called for the implementation date to be delayed by a month.The Education and Employment Committee said it was not convinced by theGovernment’s reasons for the short consultation process.”Although we recognise the value of private and informal consultation,we do not believe it should be treated as a substitute for an open publicconsultation exercise,” the report says.www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/edemhome Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.