Posted: Wednesday 23 May 2012
I mentioned earlier this week that venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft’s report on employment law was likely to be released this week: now, following a draft version of the report being leaked and the subsequent media speculation, the report was officially released yesterday evening, several days earlier than initially planned.
The report discusses a wide range of employment law matters and makes many recommendations, but by far the most discussed of these are the proposed changes to the law on dismissal and, in particular, the possibility of compensated no fault dismissals.
The report proposes four possible approaches for dealing with dismissals:-
The report acknowledges that getting rid of unfair dismissal altogether may be felt to be “politically unacceptable”, and it therefore strongly pushes for introducing the fourth option, Compensated No Fault Dismissal.
If Compensated No Fault Dismissal were to be introduced, in terms of the proposals, employers would be able to dismiss any employee without giving a reason provided they then paid them a leaving payment. Under the proposals, to dismiss an employee an employer would:
The Government are of course under no obligation to act upon Mr Beecroft’s recommendations but, prior to the report being officially published, they did issue a Call for Evidence (which closes on 8 June) on the possibility of introducing a system of no-fault dismissals for micro-businesses with fewer than 10 employees (you can read my blog on the Call for Evidence here).
Mr. Beecroft’s report goes much further than this, suggesting that no-fault dismissal should be open to all employers of any size.
I think though that it is fairly safe to assume, given that the Government will have had sight of the Report prior to issuing their Call for Evidence, that they have already rejected the possibility of introducing this for all employees.
I do though think, if the Government can get the Liberal Democrats on board, that it is possible that it will be introduced in some shape or form for employers who employ fewer than 10 employees.
You can read the full version of Mr Beecroft’s report here: what do you think of his recommendations?