Examination of Witnesses

Part of Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:40 am on 19 June 2012.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) 10:40, 19 June 2012

The Beecroft proposals, which you will be very familiar with, suggested that compensated no-fault dismissal was a potential way forward. I am pleased to see that it has been rejected by many major organisations. Indeed, a poll today shows that many employers are rejecting that approach, too. It seems that the settlement agreements in the Bill that were trailed on Second Reading by the Secretary of State and the Minister can be put in place before any formal dispute arises. Is that not compensated no-fault dismissal by the back door?