With just over a week until the new employment laws come into force, it has been revealed that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, backed a proposed dilution of workplace rights in a report from a major donor to the Conservative Party.
From April 6th 2012, the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims will increase, meaning anyone starting employment on or after that date will usually be required to complete two years’ service with the employer before they are able to claim unfair dismissal.
However, recent reports have suggested that venture capitalist, Adrian Beecroft, who has donated a substantial amount to the Conservative Party, recommended that companies be allowed to sack unproductive workers at will, arguing that “coasting” workers inhibit economic growth and deter employers from recruiting.
Should it have been waved through, it would have allowed a company to fire unproductive workers without the right to claim unfair dismissal, but they would receive statutory redundancy pay.
The proposed plan by Mr Beecroft for “no fault dismissal” is said to have been taken up by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor, George Osborne.
Other proposals put forward by Mr Beecroft, included watering down maternity rights – which would have jeopardised the Prime Minister’s goal of making the UK the most “family friendly” country in Europe; and it has been claimed by the Liberal Democrats that these proposals would have gone ahead if the Tories governed alone.
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