employers’ charter

Tribunal Reforms Make it Easier to Sack Underperforming Staff

Businesses will be able to sack staff during the first two years of their employment without falling foul of unfair dismissal claims, under new Government proposals. The reforms aim to simplify the unfair dismissal process so that employers aren’t deterred from taking on staff due to potentially costly employment tribunal claims if they are forced to sack an employee. The main proposals include: Increasing the qualifying period for employees to be able to bring a claim for unfair dismissal from one to two years Requiring all claims to be lodged with Acas’ Pre-Claim Conciliation service – to encourage disputes to be resolved without reaching a tribunal hearing Speeding up the tribunal process Introducing fees for employment tribunals, so that users contribute to the costs Introducing penalt... »

Workplace Dispute Reforms & the Employers’ Charter Announced

The coalition government has today announced the next stages of its comprehensive review of employment laws alongside their new Employer’s Charter which has finally been published. Figures from 2010 show that employment tribunal claims rose to a record 236,000 last year – an all time high and up by 56% on the employment tribunal figures for 2009. It is estimated that it costs businesses around £4000 on average to defend against a claim and many small businesses have raised concerns that the tribunal system has become costly. Amongst the issues flagged up by SMEs, the cost and time taken are primary concerns with the stress of the claim and the ease with which vexacious claims can be made also being mentioned. Speaking about the new direction in workplace dispute reforms, Prime ... »

Less Red Tape for Small Businesses, Reports Claim

Small firms are likely to be exempt from some of the most onerous employment regulations, under Government plans to boost employment by cutting red tape, reports have claimed. Following the recent Jobs Summit, there have been widespread reports that the Government is set to unveil an Employers’ Charter – aimed at encouraging small businesses to recruit. The Telegraph also suggested that reforms are in the pipeline which will allow businesses to sack staff during the first two years of employment without the threat of being taken to tribunal for unfair dismissal (currently, an employee can only bring a claim for unfair dismissal after one year). A fee may also be introduced for employees lodging tribunal claims to stop false allegations being made. In addition, the length of time firms have... »