Neil Carberry, CBI Managing Director for People and Infrastructure, said:
“Matthew Taylor’s review rightly recognised that flexibility is vital to the UK’s successful labour market, which is a mainstay of our economy.
“Business agrees with the government that flexibility and fairness must go hand in hand, and it is right to review rules to ensure they are fit for the 21st century – this also forms a key part of the industrial strategy.
“Firms will be keen to play their part in promoting greater awareness of employee rights, such as shared parental leave and flexible working, which will improve diversity and, therefore, productivity.
“Similarly, responsible businesses back strong enforcement against the small number of firms whose poor practices tarnish the reputation of the vast majority that are a force for good.
“Business looks forward to working with the Government in the areas it has correctly identified for further careful consideration. It’s essential that changes to UK employment law promote entrepreneurship and maintain the flexibility that has created so may jobs.”
Notes to Editors:
The CBI will provide a more detailed reaction after the publication of the government’s response.
The CBI Employment Trends Survey in December 2017 found that 99% of respondents believe that a flexible workforce is vital or important to competitiveness and the prospects for business investment and job creation and 95% of businesses are able to identify ways to improve labour market enforcement.