Are the Beecroft Proposals watering down employee rights?
11th June 2012
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Hot from the desk of Joy Arley, director of HR Dept West Wales

There has been much talk on

the questionable 'Beecroft Proposals' regarding watering down employee rights within SMEs.

Reducing or removing statutory employee rights does more harm as it damages a business' reputation.

Included in the discussion this week are the controversial proposals for compensated no-fault dismissals, where an employee could be sacked with a payment of a set amount of compensation, otherwise a yet to be defined ‘pay off’.

Adrian Beecroft’s proposals have also been criticised by the CIPD. We strongly believe that these proposals will only undermine staff morale. It is morally irresponsible for employers to simply point the finger and exclaim ‘you’re fired’. This isn’t Lord Sugar’s board room.

Smaller businesses are driving the economy forward. SMEs and micro businesses will lose out on talent because they cannot compete on salary and benefits packages.

So if statutory employee rights are going to be reduced or removed within these businesses, why would employees want to work for them?
The TUC have launched a campaign to protect employee rights which will in turn protect smaller businesses © TUC
SMEs are able to offer more flexible working, and close performance management so both employee and employer get the best out of each other. However instilling fear into employees will not motivate them.

There is no denying that employment law is complicated, but watering down employment law will only do more harm.

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