24 May 2010 #Employment
More than one quarter (28%) of employers surveyed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and KPMG named the Working Time Regulations (WTR), which includes limits on working hours per week as well as setting compulsory rest periods and minimum annual leave entitlements, as the legislation that has the most negative effect on their business.
Mike Emmott of CIPD, said: "We believe that the Working Time Regulations in particular have negligible value in limiting unhealthy workplace behaviour. We are, therefore, calling for its repeal in the context of the review currently being undertaken by the European Commission."
The EU has been locked in talks regarding the WTRs for the past few years. Particularly debated is the fact that the UK currently allows employees to opt out of the 48 hour maximum working week. The European Parliament has tried on a number of occasions to remove the opt out, but as yet they have been unsuccessful, being overruled by the European Commission (Council).