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May 22, 2012



Will this easier to fire policy go all the way to the top and the board of Directors, or will their golden good byes, their pension boosting parting of the ways, their employment contracts, mean they are exempt from this move to flexibility and performance ?




And here I thought that man was to do with bees: "Beecroft" ...


It is already easier to fire an employee in England than anywhere else inn Europe.
Small businesses can fire people now but they cannot get bank loans - cash flow is the problem during a recession.

Malcolm Dunn

The evidence for Beechcroft's proposals needs to be overwhelming for this to be politically acceptable. I watched Grant Schapps debating this with Michael Dugher on the Daily Politics recently. Schapps lost. We will have to do far, far better if we are to get this through.

Public Sector Worker

I don't think Shapps lost that debate at all. His point was that if you make it easier to fire people using a no fault reason that employers would be more prepared to take the risk to hire more people. His point was that sometimes the employment of staff just doesn't work due to a bad fit rather than any fault of the employee and having had direct experience of this, his view was that this way you could not only release someone who didn't fit, but you could also still write them a decent reference.

I don't think he was saying that it still wouldn't be difficult in terms of the personal situation.

Dugher on the other hand just reiterated the Labour mantra that making it easier to fire people wouldn't lead to more people in employment, and didn't provide any reasons either in support of his stance or against Shapps.

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