As you know (and if you don’t, where have you been?), the qualifying period for unfair dismissal is increasing to two years for employees who begin employment on or after 6 April 2012. There has been a huge amount of debate in the media as to whether or not this is a good or a bad thing, much of it focusing on exactly what the Government’s rationale is for making the change. But we haven’t really been given much from the Government on the issue, save that it believes the change will increase employment.
Well, debates on the Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 2012 (which will implement the change) in the House of Commons and House of Lords are now available for you to peruse at your leisure.
The debates are quite long but extremely interesting reading, particularly if you have strong views – one way or the other – on the change.
Qualifying period for unfair dismissal (and written reasons for dismissal) to be increased Get more information on the changes in XpertHR’s Forthcoming Law section