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Qualifying Period for Unfair Dismissal
Apparently the government is actively considering increasing the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from one year to two years.

If the change occurs, employers would have an extra year to dismiss an employee “unreasonably” - but they could still face allegations of discrimination (or unfair dismissal claims where no qualifying period is required, e.g. whistle-blowing and certain health & safety, discrimination and trade union related dismissals). Given the fact that employees may raise a protected reason in a complaint against dismissal, employers are still advised to follow a “fair” dismissal process to ensure that they minimise any potential risk.

There is no indication of a possible timescale for such a change, and it is likely there will be a consultation period about this first. So it is not likely to happen quickly!
Posted on 19 Nov 2016


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