This was recently appointed Institute of Directors (IoD) Chairman Ian Dormer's first impression of UK employment law when he started work at his father's business Rosh Engineering back in 1989.
Dormer made these remarks in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, in which he also says that venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft's controversial proposals for radical employment law reform to boost economic growth were "halfway there."
The Telegraph says that "bitter experience means he talks as tough on employment red tape as anyone at any of the UK's business groups."
Dormer: "God, [employment law] is a pile of crap"
In the Telegraph interview, Dormer describes his first encounter with employment law, from 1989:
When I joined Rosh, I was completely unqualified to run a business and was learning on the hoof. I remember thinking, God, [employment law] is a pile of crap. You go to a meeting and everyone has the same issues, you realise you're not alone. I found it a huge support."For Dormer, tackling employment law is at the top of the list," the Telegraph says.
Dormer: Beecroft was "halfway there"
Dormer also shares his views on Beecroft.
He says that Beecroft's proposals were "halfway there."
Dormer goes on to explain this view:
The less the risks are for the employer at the outset, the greater risks you'll take in hiring. I'm not suggesting that I don't want any employment protection, but don't legislate for the 1% to damage the 99% of responsible bosses. Anyone who's out and out bad will be bad even if there is a law.He also sets his sights on employment lawyers:
When lawyers are making a lot of money from government legislation, there's something wrong.
Head over to the Telegraph website to read the interview with Dormer in full.
UPDATE 1 (Wednesday 25 July 2012): 'Lawyers are like vampires...'
"Lawyers are like vampires; they can only come in if you invite them."
So says Darren Newman, in his comment on this post. I strongly recommend that you check out what Darren has to say in full, as he presents a very convincing argument that Dormer's views on employment law (at least as conveyed via the Telegraph interview) would appear to be based more on anecdote than on evidence.
Mervyn Dinnen, meanwhile, makes a very good observation via Twitter: "Were these guys moaning about employment law during the boom years?? Did it hold profits back in 05/06?"
UPDATE 2 (Wednesday 25 July 2012): 'Clients are like zombies...'
The parallel between employment law and the undead are explored further by Sean Jones, specialist Employment Law Silk at 11KBW Chambers - but this time it's the clients that Sean has in mind. Sean comments, via Twitter: "clients are like zombies: they only want us for our brainssss."
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