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David Pollock
Brian Hay
Michael Oliver
Charlie Mullins
Debbie Pierce
Jennie Johnson
Tony Caldeira
Steve Purdham
Jeremy Roberts
Julie Meyer
Richard O'Sullivan
Laura Tenison

Dismissing staff to get easier

Employers will soon find it easier it to give underperforming staff members the elbow under new proposals announced by the Government.

Business secretary Vince Cable wants business owners to consider the use of settlement agreements, formally known as compromise agreements, when handling workplace disputes.

Under the plans, bosses will be able to offer settlement agreements and will be formally protected from this offer being used as evidence in an unfair dismissal case.

Employees will still have employment rights because they have the option to reject the offer and proceed to a tribunal if they wish.

Cable described settlement agreements as being smart, fair and pro-business which deliver results for employers and their workers.

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