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End to working time opt-out 'would hit profits'
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Axing the Working Time Directive opt-out will hit firms' profits, according to new research.
Personnel Today reports the findings of a study by consultancy businesses Kronos which revealed 50 per cent of respondents are worried an end to the concession will hit their bottom line, news which might interest HR recruitment staff.
Among the problems foreseen was the inability to provide adequate customer service.
Keith Statham, managing director at Kronos, said: "In the current climate, any negative effect on productivity and customer service will not be welcome by employers."
Currently, employees in the UK are allowed to decide if they want to work more than 48 hours in a week.
However, the European Parliament last week voted to end this opt-out.
John Cridland, deputy director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, called on the Council of Ministers to reject this decision and back a compromise agreed in June in order for the opt-out to be retained.