CBI bows to inevitable and urges business to prepare for consultation

first_imgDespite its initial “substantial opposition” to the Informationand Consultation Directive, the CBI is urging businesses to audit their existingemployee involvement mechanisms in preparation for the March 2005 enforcementdate. Neil Bentley, head of the employee relations group at the CBI, said:”Many companies are already doing very good things around informing andconsulting, but equally the process will be new to many.” Speaking at a seminar hosted by law firm Tite & Lewis in London lastweek, Bentley said the CBI would publish guidance for its members in the nearfuture. He added that it was important that employers did not adopt a “one-size-fits-all”solution to the directive. He urged them to sit down with their staff to agreethe way ahead. Delegates heard about the legal ramifications of the regulations, as well asfrom senior figures from the TUC and conciliation service Acas. The chief message from all the speakers to UK employers is that doingnothing is not an option. Keith Sisson, head of strategy development at Acas, said that employersneeded to think about the potential costs of not implementing a consultingframework, rather than the time and effort it might take initially. The type of information to be discussed under the directive and what wouldbe classed as confidential was also highlighted as a key concern. www.cbi.org.uk CBI bows to inevitable and urges business to prepare for consultationOn 13 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img