Commenting ahead of the extraordinary meeting of employment ministers in Brussels tomorrow concerning the UK Opt Out from the Working Time Directive David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“The proposed Finnish amendments will only add yet more regulation on top of UK businesses.

“By changing the reference period by which firms can calculate the hour’s employees have worked it will mean more monitoring and reporting for companies already overstretched on the HR front.

“Whilst it is correct that we keep the opt-out it is also important that the government resists further regulation being imposed on UK business from the EU.”