How the Government’s decision to increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from one to two years will affect employers.
In a previous update we informed you of the Government’s decision to increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from one to two years.
At the time of the announcement the Government gave no indication as to any transitional arrangements.
The Government has not yet made a formal announcement but, subject to Parliamentary approval, the new two year qualifying period will only apply to employees whose employment begins on or after 6 April 2012.
What this means is that anyone who is in employment before 6 April 2012 will have the right to claim unfair dismissal once they have one year’s continuous service. It will only be employees who join after 6 April 2012, who will need to attain two years’ continuous service, before they have the right not to be unfairly dismissed.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team who will be pleased to provide you with appropriate advice and assistance.