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Employment update

Sue Ashtiany reviews the changes to unfair dismissal claims, the employment tribunal review, the modern workplaces consultation, contract claims and dismissal, and a discrimination case

20 February 2012

Changes to employment law

The draft SI amending the service requirement for unfair dismissal claims and the right to a written statement has been laid. Anyone entering new employment from 6 April will have to clock up two years’ service in order to benefit from those rights. The service requirement was six months when the right not to be unfairly dismissed was first introduced in the 1970s, went up to two years in the 1980s and came down to a year in the 1990s. Most knowledgeable commentators think the impact will be minimal; there are plenty of rights for which there is no service requirement at all and no cogent evidence of an army of useless employees who have managed to stay in the job for over a year but less than two.

The measures announced in November 2011 as part of the Employment Law Review which are intended to streamline tribunals and which only require secondary legislation will also come into force on 6 April 2012, although the draft ...

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