Employment news for small businesses
11th July 2011
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Employment news for small businesses: last week indicated that employees may have to work for an employer for two years before getting new employment rights, if the government pushes ahead with its plans.


This means employees could be dismissed within 23 month without recourse to a tribunal.


As an employer or employee, what’s your opinion?


The government believes the change would give businesses more confidence when they consider recruiting staff. The consultation says. There is a large amount of push back from unions and some employment lawyers.

However, a survey of Institute of Directors (IoD) members found that 46% said they would be more inclined, or strongly more inclined, to take on another employee if the qualifying period was two years.


There is a dangerous flipside, though. Lawyers and unions warn that the move could encourage discrimination claims, for which no qualification period is needed and compensation is uncapped. Such a prospect gave even the IoD pause for thought, which tempered its strong support for the proposal with a call to review discrimination law as well.

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