Commenting on today’s announcement on the reform of employment tribunals and changes to unfair dismissal rules, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

On Employment Tribunals 

“Employment Tribunals are one of the top business issues and we strongly welcome the Government’s move to reform the employment tribunal system. The current system wastes business time and money, and distracts employers from growing their businesses and creating much-needed jobs. In particular, the introduction of a fee for claimants will help to discourage spurious and baseless claims.”

On the new role for ACAS 

“We are pleased to see a new role for ACAS in viewing all claims before they even reach tribunal. This is a very positive step but must be accompanied with enough resource for ACAS to deal with new claims.”

On unfair dismissal                                                                                                             

“The changes to unfair dismissal from one to two years will be welcomed by employers as a sign that the Government is serious in their efforts to reduce red tape that inhibits business growth. However, this must be accompanied with more changes – on its own, this will not change the business view that employment law is weighted too far in favour of the employee.

“In his Budget, the Chancellor must announce further deregulatory measures and, in particular, re-assess plans to change the parental leave system twice in four years, amend flexible working legislation and remove the default retirement age.”