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Most bosses do not want 'Brexit bonfire' of employment law, survey concludes

Most employers believe a "Brexit bonfire" of employment law is not needed, offering support for measures such as working time regulations, parental rights and the minimum wage, a study has found.

A survey of more than 500 organisations found overwhelming backing for 28 areas of employment law ranging from unfair dismissal to rights for agency workers.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said its study also found broad support for legislation which originated in the EU.

Rachel Suff, employment adviser at the CIPD said the rhetoric around employment law did not match the reality.

She added: "While much has been written about the need to roll back important aspects of our employment law framework to free businesses of red tape, it is clear that businesses themselves recognise the value of employment protection.

"Many of these regulations exist to protect workers against exploitation, ensure they are paid a fair wage and prevent discrimination in the workplace and can help improve people management practices.

"Even the more controversial aspects of employment law, such as the working time regulations, have broad support from UK businesses.

"As we debate the future of employment regulation, both in the General Election and in Brexit negotiations, it is vital that we don't throw the baby out with the bathwater by making sweeping changes to employment legislation that businesses may not want."

James Davies of law firm Lewis Silkin, which helped with the study, said despite the support, business felt some regulations needed to be clearer.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "This research confirms that most employers don't want a bonfire of workers' rights.

"They recognise that rights at work are good for employment relations and staff well-being.

"Brexit must not be the starting gun for a race to the bottom on pay and conditions.

"The next government must ensure that protecting employment rights is at the heart of Britain's future trade deal with the EU."

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