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One-stop shop 'would help firms deal with employment rules'

 
HR News |  28/01/2009
One-stop shop 'would help firms deal with employment...The government should set up a single access point for guidance on health and safety and employment legislation, according to an independent review.

Sarah Anderson, a businesswoman given the task of looking into the matter, explained that firms spend around £1.4 billion on accessing external advice on regulatory matters.

In order to improve the situation, the quality and availability of guidance should be increased, something which can be achieved by creating a "one-stop shop" for such matters, Ms Anderson stated.

She said: "Improving the quality of, and access to, government advice is vital if we want to see better understanding of, and compliance with, the law."

Other proposals include a free telephone advice service for small and medium-sized employers and the removal of inconsistent advice from official channels.

Commenting on the Anderson Review, Katja Hall, director of employment policy at the Confederation of British Industry, welcomed the moves which she believes would "significantly help employers" to deal with the "daunting" amount of regulation they face.ADNFCR-1914-ID-18996935-ADNFCR