Unfair dismissal minimum service to claim increased to two years

1 March 2011

The Coalition Government has indicated that it will increase the period of employment needed to bring an unfair dismissal claim to two years. The proposed "employers' charter" will allow employers to fairly dismiss an employee during the first two years of employment without the threat of an unfair dismissal claim at the Employment Tribunal. Claims for discrimination can be brought after any period of employment.

Further detail will be set out at the jobs summit being held at Downing Street today, where some of Britain's biggest employers, including Tesco, McDonalds, Microsoft and Shell, will promise to take on thousands of new recruits and create apprenticeships for school leavers. 

Other outcomes of the Government's review of employment law are likely to include a reduction in the length of time that employers have to pay statutory sick pay, (currently £79.15 per week for up to 28 weeks), the introduction of a fee for lodging a claim at the Employment Tribunal, and for some small companies to be exempt from certain employment laws altogether.

David Cameron says that he hopes the relaxed employment laws will help to boost the private sector and encourage employers to take on thousands of new workers.

For more information please contact Amy Griffiths at agriffiths@kingsleynapley.co.uk.

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