This rport examines the fairness and appropriateness of the new provisions, including:
+ the exclusion from the unfair dismissal jurisdiction of persons employed in businesses of 100 or fewer employees;
+ the removal of the requirement that there be a ‘valid reason’ for the termination;
+ the broad definition of ‘operational reasons’, and the fact that the exemption applies to dismissals for ‘mixed’ personal and business reasons;
+ the inability to challenge dismissals which are made on genuine economic grounds but which are effected in a procedurally unfair manner;
+ the possibility of abuse (for example, by employers providing spurious economic grounds for dismissals that are in fact motivated by other reasons).