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Call for freeze on new employment law as publicity budget cut


A leading business group has called for a freeze on new employment law after it emerged that the Government plans to slash the amount it spends on publicising regulatory changes.


According to recent reports, the Business Department is planning to spend just £10,000 promoting the new national minimum wage (NMW) rates this year, down from the previous budget of £850,000.


However, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has stressed that businesses will still need to be made aware of any changes to legislation, particularly as employers who flout the NMW rules will be ‘named and shamed’ from January.


It is also thought that the Government will have no budget to inform workers and businesses about the new Additional Paternity Leave Regulations, which apply to parents of children born on or after 3 April 2011.


The BCC’s Director General, David Frost, is now calling for a moratorium on new employment laws following the substantial reduction in the publicity budget.


‘If the Government does not want to spend money to tell employers about new employment legislation then there should be a freeze on the implementation of new regulation,’ said the BCC’s Director General, David Frost.


‘Producing a leaflet for pregnant women is not an adequate method to explain to businesses that their male employees may now be entitled to extended paternity leave.’