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UNFAIR DISMISSAL PROPOSALS HIGHLIGHT THE NEED TO REDUCE RED TAPE

UNFAIR DISMISSAL PROPOSALS HIGHLIGHT THE NEED TO REDUCE RED TAPE

Charles Logan, Director at the leading recruiting expert Hays, comments on the proposed changes to unfair dismissal legislation:

“Reports suggesting new changes to unfair dismissal legislation highlight just how constrained many businesses feel by existing employment red tape. To remain competitive, it’s vital that the Government takes a fresh approach to employment law so businesses have the confidence to take on new staff. The employers we speak to are of course in favour of treating their staff fairly, but also want to be able to have grown up conversations with them and the Government should be providing the necessary support and guidance to help employers achieve this.

A recent report produced by the CBI in association with Hays, Thinking Positive: the 21st century employment relationship, explores how the relationship between employer and employee has changed in recent years. Through the recession, more flexible working relationships have been fostered that are based on open and honest communication and offer advantages to both parties.

The debate around unfair dismissal also highlights how damaging poor hiring practices can be. In this challenging climate where there is scrutiny over all spending, hiring the wrong candidate is simply not an option. Organisations need to hire the right person first time, and support them with strong performance management processes to keep them on track. There are also many over-stretched workers who need to be re-motivated and re-engaged to keep their performance high and both employers and employees have a responsibility here if we are going to be able to drive growth back into the UK economy.

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