EMPLOYERS group the CBI today urged the Government to “fundamentally rethink” its approach to employment law – to boost workplace flexibility and improve employment relations.

The CBI’s first-ever digital report, Thinking Positive: The 21st Century Employment Relationship, highlights how good communication and flexibility had helped minimise private sector job losses during and after the recession.

The report, compiled with recruitment group Hays, said the Government should build on the success of workplace relations forged during the recession by embedding this flexible approach into future employment law.

And it said that rather than automatically opting for legislation, in most cases the Government should specify what it is trying to achieve and set out suggested processes in more flexible guidance or codes of practice.