Employers embrace new employment law in DLA survey

A report published by DLA has shown that new employment legislation is having a more positive effect on employers than in previous years.

The firm’s 12th annual industrial relations survey collates questionnaire results from more than 300 employers and 27 trade unions, looking at issues such as new legislation in the workplace.

This year’s results found that just seven per cent of employers feel revised discrimination laws have had a negative effect on their business, compared with 15 per cent in 2003. While 23 per cent of employers feel the formalisation of disciplinary procedures have had a positive effect, up 3 per cent from the previous year.

Employers remain most dissatisfied with increased rights for agency workers, 40 per cent saying they had a negative effect on business. However this was down from 51 per cent in 2003.

New employment legislation such as dismissal and disciplinary guidelines and a revised minimum wage comes into force on October 1.