Beechcroft Report

The Beechcroft report

The Government’s recent publication of the report by venture capitalist Adrian Beechcroft has led to much debate in the press.

The Beechcroft report calls for, amongst other things, the introduction of ‘compensated no-fault dismissal’ for all businesses and exemptions from unfair dismissal law for small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. In the course of a debate on the report in the House of Commons, the Minister for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk, revealed that the Government had secured the agreement of the European Commission to exempt small businesses from European legislation ‘as a point of principle’ unless it show that they should be included.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, however, subsequently released a statement, which seemed designed to end speculation that the Government will introduce no-fault dismissal for all businesses.

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