QUALIFICATION PERIOD TO CLAIM UNFAIR DISMISSAL EXTENDED TO 2 YEARS

03 October 2011

Changes to unfair dismissal rules which could save nearly £6 million a year for British business have been announced today by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Chancellor George Osborne.

Today’s decision will see the qualification period for the right to claim unfair dismissal extended from one to two years. This will come into force on 6 April 2012. This is the latest development in the Government’s workplace reforms which aim to increase business confidence to take on more workers.

Changes to the unfair dismissal rules follow the ‘Resolving Workplace Disputes’ consultation published in January this year which also proposed measures to encourage early resolution of disputes, the speeding up of the tribunal process and measures to tackle weak and vexatious claims.

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