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We’ve been keeping track of the employment law changes that the Government have been promising for some time now (see our article from April here and the recent Beecroft Report debate).
One of the potential changes optioned was ‘Protected Conversations’ and in March the Government started consultation on this idea. At the end of June the Government confirmed that these conversations will be introduced into law and the Employment Rights Act 1996 will be amended to include these Conversations.
The clause that will be added to the Employment Rights Act will say when determining an unfair dismissal claim, an Employment Tribunal “ may not take account of any offer made or discussions held, before the termination of the employment in question, with a view to it being terminated on terms agreed between the employer and the Employee”.
As yet we don’t know when these conversations will come into law, but we’ll let you have more details as we know them!
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Darren Fell, CEO of Crunch, said: "We welcome the government's commitment to adopt the recommendations from the Taylor report. We would however, urge caution that any response does not introduce more red tape, or reduce the ability for entrepreneurs to employ people flexibly."