The Government has confirmed that it intends to consult on
allowing employers to have "protected conversations" with underperforming
workers that would be inadmissible in employment tribunal proceedings.
The purpose of the proposal, which was confirmed by David Cameron
in a speech setting out a growth package for small businesses, is to allow
employers to have performance-management discussions with employees without fear
of facing an employment tribunal later.
Cameron said: "We will be consulting on the introduction of
protected conversations, so a boss and an employee feel able to sit down
together and have a frank conversation - at either’s request."
It has not been confirmed when the consultation will take
We have set out some of the potential pros and cons of having
protected conversations with staff: