Government plans to consult on "protected conversations" between employers and employees

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 place. 


We have set out some of the potential pros and cons of having protected conversations with staff: