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Termination of employment: key differences in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Updating author: Max Winthrop, consultant editor (Northern Ireland): Andrew Spratt

Future developments

Northern Ireland: The Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 will introduce various reforms to align some of the employment laws in Northern Ireland with Great Britain, including provisions on public interest disclosures (see Public interest disclosures > Key differences in Scotland and Northern Ireland > Future developments for further information). However, the Act does not, as had previously been anticipated, contain provisions to align the qualification period for unfair dismissal in Northern Ireland with that in England, Wales and Scotland, by increasing it from one year to two years.