- Whilst 63% of employers know that new employment laws are coming into force in October, less than one in four knew that these included age discrimination regulations
- Only 18% of businesses feel that the Government has provided adequate and timely guidance to help small businesses digest the impact of new employment regulations on their businesses
- Just 35% knew that the default retirement age would be 65 but a majority 65% knew that employees can request to work beyond the age of 65
- Despite the Government's assertion that it had sent information packs about new employment regulations to every organisation in the UK only 5% had seen them
BCC Director General, David Frost said: "it is not a surprise that small employers are struggling to keep on top of the new laws which they are expected to comply with. Since 1998 British business has been hit by a £50.3bn red tape burden - around a third of which is employment-related."
Sam Mercer, Director of the EFA concluded: "Clearly these findings are of deep concern. Small businesses can't afford to ignore these laws, people of all ages will be protected and this could lead to a huge increase in discrimination claims. We have worked with the BCC to produce a factsheet to guide small businesses through their new legal responsibilities and give employers the exact information they need"