Following the proposed unfair dismissal plans outlined in the Beecroft report published yesterday, the business secretary Vince Cable raised doubts over the future growth of small businesses. Edward Wanambwa, partner in the employment team at Russell-Cooke, comments. This article was first published on 22 May 2012 in digital edition of HR Magazine and can also be viewed by clicking here.
In addition to this article, employment partner Alex Bearman appeared live on the Sky News Business show (22 May 2012) commenting on a controversial aspect of the Government commissioned Beecroft Report, which recommends that all employers should be allowed to dismiss employees without facing standard unfair dismissal claims (even if the employer did not have a "fair" reason to dismiss or follow "fair" procedures) as long as they provide a minimum amount of statutorily calculated compensation. This recommendation, if implemented, would not protect employers from other types of claim, such as automatic unfair dismissal claims or discrimination claims.
Sky News wanted an interview as Vince Cable recently raised doubts about the merits of the Beecroft Report's recommendation to introduce so called "no-fault dismissals".