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What does the Beecroft report mean for government policy?

Controversy surrounding the Beecroft report reached new heights yesterday when the Government published it ahead of schedule, due to the emergence of leaked copy.

The Government was set to publish the report later this week but, in light of the leak in the Daily Telegraph, it decided to do so early in order to "dispel some of the myths" that had become associated with it.

The Beecroft report was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as part of the "Red Tape Challenge" to identify areas of employment law that could be improved or simplified in order to help businesses create jobs.

However, while recommendations such as compensated no-fault dismissals faced a backlash this week from both unions and employment lawyers, these are not new proposals.

Some of Beecroft's recommendations on simplifying employment law were submitted to the Government in October 2011 and have already formed part of proposed reforms.

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May 24, 2012

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