The second reading of the ERR Bill is due today. In his opening speech, Business Secretary Vince Cable will announce the government’s plans for greater business flexibility and quicker resolution for workplace disputes.
More efficient workplace dispute resolution
The measures aim to boost business confidence and ease the handling of workplace disputes through facilitating the use of settlement agreements between employers and employees.
Employers will be able to offer settlement agreements before a formal dispute arises and will be legally protected from this offer being used as evidence in an unfair dismissal tribunal case. Employees will also continue to enjoy full protection of their employment rights, as they can choose to reject the offer of a settlement agreement and proceed to a tribunal. Evidence from the private sector shows that a sensible compromise can be reached in the majority of cases.