26/10/11

Commenting on Adrian Beecroft’s proposal to radically alter dismissal rules, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Too many companies, particularly small- and medium-sized businesses, tell us that dismissal rules and the fear of costly tribunal claims stop them from taking on staff. Over seventy percent of firms see dismissal rules as burdensome to their business. At a time when we need all the business growth we can get, these fears must be removed quickly.

“A clear new dismissal route will help employers hire with confidence. We told ministers nearly two years ago that this was needed, and it’s encouraging to see such proposals receiving serious consideration at the highest levels of government.

“Ministers must act to bring forward Adrian Beecroft’s recommendation of Compensated No Fault Dismissal without delay, at the Autumn Statement. This new dismissal route will bring confidence to employers, and boost productivity in the workplace, which is good for employers, employees, and the economy.”

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Notes to editors:

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) undertook research with businesspeople between March 29th and April 15th 2011.

  • In a sample of 5,874 businesses, 70% believed that dismissal rules were burdensome to their business.
  • In a sample of 5,922 businesses, one in five businesses (20%) has been threatened with a tribunal claim in the last three years.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national voice of local business.

The BCC sits at the heart of a powerful nationwide network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving over 100,000 businesses across the UK, which employ over five million people.

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