By Chris Bracebridge
In March 2013, the European Commission published preliminary results of its study of the top ten most burdensome EU laws for SMEs. Employee-related legislation forms a significant part of that list, and is among the most costly and onerous.
The “top ten” study is part of an initiative — the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Program (REFIT) — launched by the Commission back in December 2012 to ease the regulatory burden on SMEs in Europe. REFIT aims to scrutinize the European legislative and regulatory framework for gaps, burdens and inconsistencies in order to correct them. The final results and any recommendations to improve and simplify existing legislation will be announced in June 2013.
In the employment context, the Commission is currently taking the following steps:
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