By Ruth McKee
Employees in the UK could be sacked for laziness or lack of productivity, if new proposals suggested in a leaked report are taken up by the government.
Radical recommendations made in a report from venture capitalist Adam Beercroft commissioned by David Cameron outlined proposals to scrap employment law legislation.
They would enable employers to dismiss workers without fear of a lengthy hearing in an employment tribunal.
The leaked report is only in draft form but it is expected the government will publish Mr Beercroft's recommendations later this year in a bid to end rumours that the report is in favour of scrapping maternity rights for women.