[Thanks to Dr John McMullen of Wrigleys Solicitors LLP for preparing this case summary]
This report was carried out on behalf of BIS by researchers from TNS/BMRB and Kingston University. A total of 40 businesses took part and were interviewed over the spring and summer of 2012.
The report makes very interesting reading. Contradicting the Coalition government's thinking on the impact of employment law on business via its 'Red Tape Challenge' and Employment Law Review, respondees generally considered that employment regulation was both necessary and fair. In the main, anxiety about employment law stemmed from a fear and misunderstanding of the law. This is the so-called 'perception reality gap', identified by other researchers such as Peck and others in Business Perceptions of Regulatory Burden (2012).
The key points in the report are as follows:
An insightful conclusion of the report is that employers' perception of legislation as burdensome is based more on an actual fear of litigation, rather than any actual experience and is actually worsened by the public pervasiveness of the 'anti-regulation' debate.