But what I am talking about is the labyrinthine network of rules and regulations that successive governments have imposed in order to try and protect this nation’s employees.
Imagine it. You are running a small business. You are thinking of possibly hiring a new staff member, but haven’t yet made up your mind. You think it through…
Firstly, you’ll have to pay them the national minimum wage. That’ll be the best part of £50 for a regular eight-hour working day – more than you can afford, perhaps, and possibly more than you think the job is worth. And what if, once you’ve hired them, you realise you’ve made a mistake?
Well you better do it quickly, as they’ll be legally protected within a year and you might find yourself on the receiving end of an unfair dismissal claim. There were 57,000 such claims made last year – almost 220 per standard working day. All involve enormous costs to employers – especially small employers.
Read the rest of the article on the Yorkshire Post website.