By Maximilian Clarke

A leaked Downing Street Report penned by Adrian Beechcroft recommending a relaxation of unfair dismissal laws that would effectively allow managers to fire ‘lazy workers’, has gathered support from the business world.

Speaking about the report’s suggestions, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce says that the existing rules are ‘burdensome’ to smaller businesses and that their removal would have the intended purpose of prompting growth:

“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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