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Beware: the two year qualifying period will take affect for new employees only

31st January 2012

One of the most publicly announced reforms in employment law coming into force on 6th April 2012 is the increase of the qualifying period to claim unfair dismissal from one year to two. We commented on this last year http://www.employease.co.uk/blog/?m=20111007 However, there has been a bit of news on this change. A number of organisations including […]

Unfair dismissal: will the increase in the qualifying period help businesses?

7th October 2011

This summer has been a quiet time on the employment law front. However, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness (and party conferences) arrived in a heat wave of proposed changes to legislation. George Osborne had two notable announcements to make regarding employment law. Firstly, the government intends to raise the length of service requirement […]

How does the Qualifying Period work?

10th May 2011

The concept of the Qualifying Period is well known to employers. It is the length of time an employee must work with their employer to acquire a number of statutory rights, most notably the right to claim unfair dismissal. There is however, still a lot of confusion about the Qualifying Period. We often hear employers […]

Consultation on resolving workplace disputes: Has the Government finally cracked it?

28th January 2011

The Government has published its consultation on reforming the employment tribunal system:  ‘Resolving workplace disputes’. Will it work? With rising unemployment, tribunal claims are on the increase. As a result, employers are spending more time and money resolving what can often feel like unmeritorious claims. With our economic recovery still in question and the recent […]

Will the proposed “Employers Charter” make employers lives easier?

17th January 2011

The government proposes to launch consultation on what is being called a new “Employers Charter”. The proposals were discussed last week at a jobs summit at Downing Street, attended by a number major British employers. The proposals include a rise in the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from one year to two and a fee […]

Unfair Dismissal Qualifying Period

3rd November 2010

Lord Young agrees that the Government will consider increasing the qualifying service required for unfair dismissal to 2 years. The Government has announced a series of measures to help the 5 million small businesses in the UK. They have issued a document called Backing Small Business. It can be found at: http://www.bis.gov.uk The document sets […]