No fault dismissal axed

PLANS to allow companies with less than 10 employees to dismiss workers without giving a reason have been dropped by the government.

PLANS to allow companies with less than 10 employees to dismiss workers without giving a reason have been dropped by the government.

The proposals for “no fault dismissals” have been abandoned following a lack of support for the idea from businesses. It’s been reported that a consultation by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills found just over a third of private sector employers supported the move.

However, reports suggest changes could still be made to make it easier for employers to hire and fire people as well as the potential removal of elements of health and safety legislation.

A number of other proposals remain under consultation including extending the right to request flexible working to all employees, the removal of employer liability for acts of third-party harassment and awarding financial penalties to employers who are not successful at tribunals.