GOVERNMENT SEEKS VIEWS ON DISMISSAL RULES
August 20 2012.


The government is starting the process of examining the current dismissal process with the publication of a Call for Evidence. In particular, the views of employers and employees, and other interested parties, is sought on whether current dismissal procedures are too onerous, too complex and whether or not there is a lack of understanding in their application.

Views are also requested on the idea of compensated no-fault dismissal for micro-businesses with fewer than 10 employees. Under such a system, a business would be able to dismiss a worker from a micro-business, where no fault had been identified on the part of the employee, with the payment of a set amount of compensation.

In addition, the Employer's Charter, first published in January 2011, has been updated to include pointers on sickness absence and recruitment. The Charter aims to counter the misconception that employment protections are all one-way - towards the employee. It will give greater clarity to managers on what they can already do to deal with issues in the workplaces, on subjects such as performance, sick leave, maternity leave, requests for flexible working and redundancy.

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/employment-matters/docs/d/12-626-dismissal-for-micro-businesses-call