Owner-employees

by Laurie Anstis on October 8, 2012

George Osborne has used his speech at the Conservative party conference to announce plans for new owner-employee contracts, described in the speech as:

“… a voluntary three way deal.

You the company: give your employees shares in the business.

You the employee: replace your old rights of unfair dismissal and redundancy with new rights of ownership.

And what will the Government do?

We’ll charge no capital gains tax at all on the profit you make on your shares. “

The plans have been amplified by a BIS press release:

“Under the new type of contract, employees will be given between £2,000 and £50,000 of shares that are exempt from capital gains tax.  In exchange, they will give up their UK rights on unfair dismissal, redundancy, and the right to request flexible working and time off for training, and will be required provide 16 weeks’ notice of a firm date of return from maternity leave, instead of the usual 8.

Owner-employee status will be optional for existing employees, but both established companies and new start-ups can choose to offer only this new type of contract for new hires. Companies recruiting owner-employees will continue to have the option of inserting more generous employment conditions into the employment contract if they want to.”

A consultation document is due later this month, with the new contracts due to take effect from April 2013.

One comment

Been thinking about it this all day. On one hand, getting “buy in” from employees has long been an owners desire. However, losing rights isn’t on and I think we’ll find ourselves doing shareholder type disputes instead.

by Steven Mather on 9 October 2012 at 12:24 am. #