The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has issued a call for evidence seeking views on two measures to address concerns that dismissal procedures can be too onerous, particularly for smaller businesses:
- Dismissal processes. Views are sought on whether the Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures could be made more accessible and easier to use by smaller businesses. The Australian Small Business Fair Dismissal Code is suggested as an alternative that might be successfully applied in the UK.
- Compensated no-fault dismissals for micro businesses (with fewer than ten staff). If implemented, compensation for a no-fault dismissal would only prevent an employee from bringing an unfair dismissal claim, not any other type of claim arising out of their dismissal.
The call for evidence, which closes on 8 June 2012, can be found by following this link.