14 November 2011 #Employment
We mentioned in our article last week that the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced that he wanted employers to be able to ask older staff about their performance and retirement plans, without the threat of litigation, by being able to have “protected conversations”.
Following on from this, it seems this was confirmed by Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech he gave last week on exporting & growth. He stated that the government will shortly consult on `protected conversations`, enabling an employer and employee tohave frank conversations about performance / ongoing employment, without the employer facing a constructive dismissal claim.
Mr Cameron also confirmed that the government will be introducing fees for bringing employment tribunal claims (although did not commit to a date), and will be increasing the unfair dismissal qualifying period from one year to two years with effect from April.
The speech is available here.