Industry body opposes the removal of the 48-hour opt-out

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has said that it is down to employers and employees to work towards a better work-life balance.

In a statement the CIPD has said it believes employers and employees are responsible for achieving a better work-life balance.

Mike Emmott, CIPD’s employee relations adviser, said: “The CIPD opposes long working hours, but believes that a healthy work-life balance is best achieved through better work organisation and progressive people management rather than a statutory restriction on maximum working hours.

“Good employers do not make their staff work longer hours, but business demands may occasionally arise, requiring employees to put in extra hours. Additionally, the removal of this flexibility neglects to recognise that employees may value the freedom of choosing whether to work more hours or not.”

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