Staff moves could add to law enforcement problem

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Staff moves could add to law enforcement problemOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today High staff turn-over among policy officials at the Department of Trade andIndustry (DTI) is adding to the problems of developing and implementing employmentlegislation, experts have warned.Commentators from both employers and the trade union movement have said thatthe regular movement of civil servants with responsibility for employmentissues made it difficult for experience to be retained and for those liaisingwith the DTI to maintain good channels of communication.Sarah Veale, senior employment rights officer at the TUC, said, “Itwould be helpful if there was some stability in government departments soofficials have the chance to build up experience in an area and not disappearas soon as they have learnt the job. It is a real problem.”She added that the poor drafting and implementation of employmentlegislation would only encourage legal challenges against the Government.Robbie Gilbert, chief executive of the Employers Forum on Statute andPractice, which is campaigning alongside Personnel Today to improve regulation,said the forced rotation of experienced staff was at odds with practice in theprivate sector.”They still seem to move people very frequently as part of their careerdevelopment in a way which I think is less common now in business. “The problem of rotation is bringing in people with no knowledge orexperience.” Dominic Johnson, head of employment relations at the CBI, said, “Thereis an element of truth but I don’t think all the expertise walks out of thedoor after two years. Directors stay in place. The problem is when a whole teammoves, and that has happened.”A DTI spokeswoman denied that rotation of staff was causing problems withthe drafting of legislation and that moving officials was important for cross-fertilisationand spreading of staff experience. “Moves are arranged with a view tocontinuity of work being maintained.”By Tom Powdrill Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more