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Unfair dismissal qualifying period to increase to 2 years

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Unfair dismissal qualifying period to increase to 2 years

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Under the current legislation, employees must have been with an employer for at least one year before they can make a claim for unfair dismissal. From 6th April 2012 the Government has announced an increase in the qualifying period to 2 years.

This change follows the ‘Resolving Workplace Disputes’ consultation which was launched by the Government earlier this year, expecting to cut the number of unfair dismissal claims by over 3,000 per year. However the change will not be retrospective. Employees who joined an employer before 6th April 2012 will still be subject to a one year qualifying period. Only employees who join an employer after this date will see the change.

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