The UK House of Lords’ EU Committee recently published a report arguing that there was no need for the UK to agree to any further EU-inspired employment legislation.
The Report was drawn up in response to the European Commission’s Green Paper consultation about the need for labour market reform in the EU to meet the changing needs of businesses and workers in the 21st century.
It concluded that the relatively light regulation of the UK labour market, compared with some other EU Member States, has been advantageous in allowing a flexibility of employment arrangements which has benefited the UK economy. It said that it would therefore be unhelpful to introduce new EU-wide changes to labour law and recommended that the EU focus its efforts on promoting good practice rather than introducing further legislation. The EU’s view remains to be seen.