Our law-making process needs to better reflect our culture as an agile, pro-business nation. Those who will be affected by decisions need to be more involved when policy is being developed. We need an approach to employment regulation, child and elder care, lifelong learning, retirement, social welfare, pensions and taxation that promotes work, keeps people engaged and doesn't disincentivise work.
The next government must:
1. Introduce a responsive model economic and social dialogue that allows businesses and employees to play a meaningful role in policy formation;
2. Reform the current employment, social protection and pensions systems so they reflect social and economic change and pro-actively support people staying in jobs, moving between jobs and those returning to the labour market;
3. Ensure that law-making minimises the impact on Irish businesses' ability to compete and addresses the burden of regulations in a fair and transparent manner.