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Changes to the rules on unfair dismissal rules are to be brought in by the Government. Under the new rules, from 1 April 2012 the qualification period for the right to claim unfair dismissal will be extended from one to two years. The Government say that 'this is the latest development in the Government's workplace reforms which aim to increase business confidence to take on more workers.' Employees organisations are naturally less than happy.
The changes follow the 'Resolving Workplace Disputes' consultation published in January 2011 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.
The Government is hoping that the proposals should see the number of unfair dismissal claims drop by around 2000 a year.