The majority Conservative Government is taking an unexpected interventionist line with business. From the apprenticeships announcement made in the recent Budget through to these moves on equal pay, this is not a 'light touch' government.

The government is showing that if businesses do not behave in a way that they find acceptable then they will seek to impose new rules, regulations and costs.

Businesses should expect more of this type of government action and, as a result, this should inform their behaviour.