U.K. Cuts Consulting Time When Large Employers Shed Jobs

The U.K. government is reducing by half to 45 days the minimum period large employers have to consult staff before cutting more than 100 jobs.

The move is part of an attempt to lower the burden of regulation on businesses, with the aim of encouraging them to invest and take on employees.

“The 45 days will be a minimum consultation period,” Business Minister Jo Swinson said in a written statement to Parliament in London today. “We received plenty of evidence to show that consultations can and do last longer than the minimum period and we expect that to continue where circumstances make this desirable.”

Chuka Umunna, the business spokesman for the opposition Labour Party, attacked the move on his Twitter Inc. feed. “Ministers think watering down people’s rights at work is the big bazooka to get growth going, and yet there is no evidence to support this,” he wrote.

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