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first_img Comments are closed. Ministers under fire for hasty law consultationOn 25 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The Government has come under renewed attack from employers for providingtoo little lead-in time to new legislation.Organisations have six weeks to respond to the consultation paper onpart-time working published last week. The deadline is 27 February. But theGovernment knew two years ago that it had to implement the law by 5 May 2000.The curtailed consultation period on part-time working comes despitepromises last year by Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers to improve thedelivery of legislation.Employers fear problems will be missed and amendments will have to be madeafter the legislation comes into force, as occurred with working time laws.”It is exasperating because it is totally unnecessary,” saidRobbie Gilbert, chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on EU Social Policy. “The Government has known it was coming for two years and nothing haschanged in the ground rules in that time.”Martin Couchman, deputy chief executive of the British HospitalityAssociation, believed the Government would ignore responses because of theshort time left to bring out the final regulations. “I suspect it is readyto go and, come the end of April, they will ignore all that has gonebefore,” he said.Nicholas Taylor, group HR manager at Pizza Express, attacked the timing ofthe consultation. “It does make you wonder whether they are really interested in theresponses and how they plan to take them on board,” he said.Janet Gray, head of HR and IT at Jarvis Hotels, said that yet again theconsultation period was too tight. “It would be nice to have a longer time to consider it,” sheargued.• The consultation paper is available on the Internet at the address below.Responses can be e-mailed to [email protected] Copy us yourresponses at [email protected] John Robinsonwww.dti.gov.uk/ir/consultz.htm Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more