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Call for evidence - dealing with dismissal and compensated no fault dismissal for micro businesses

Open date: 15 Mar 2012

Closing date: 08 Jun 2012

Response date: 14 Sep 2012

We are seeking evidence on current dismissal processes, including the Acas Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance and the concept of 'compensated no fault dismissal' for micro businesses.

The Government is conducting a Parliament-long review of the current employment framework, including looking at any areas of the current laws and regulations that apply to employers that can dissuade responsible employers from hiring new staff.

We therefore want to establish a strong evidence base to help inform our understanding of the way the current dismissal system operates, including awareness, use and understanding of the Acas Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance.  In particular, we want to understand whether the Code could be adapted to make it easier to use and more accessible to smaller businesses.

Evidence is also being sought on whether a system of ‘compensated no fault dismissal’ should be introduced for micro businesses (i.e. businesses employing fewer than 10 staff) and what the consequences could be, including the wider impact on both employer and employee confidence.

This call for evidence sets out in the current legal framework for dismissal, summarises the existing evidence base and asks you to consider a number of questions and provide evidence in response.


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