from Len Collinson, national chairman, Forum of Private Business

Sir; Small business’s competitive edge is being eroded by government plans that will make it illegal for employers not to give staff 28 days holiday.
The announcement that paternity leave is to be increased from two weeks to three months will also dismay employers.
These are utterly unnecessary pieces of legislation which tie small businesses up in a legal straitjacket. Small firms rely on the flexibility of staff to remain competitive, particularly at times of peak demand. This legislation will inevitably increase staffing costs, coming straight off the bottom line. But that flexibility cuts both ways as employees of small businesses benefit from extra or extended leave they would never get at a large firm.
The message is that the government should leave small firms to get on with running their businesses, not impose more punitive legislation.