Unfair dismissal qualifying period to increase

16 October 2011
Unfair dismissal qualifying period to increase

The government has confirmed that it will increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal. Currently the qualifying period for unfair dismissal is one year. 

From 6 April 2012, an employee must be employed at an organisation for two years before he or she can claim unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal.

According to the draft regulations, the change will only affect employees who start on or after 6 April 2012. 

The government believes this move will reduce the number of claims being made at tribunal and encourage small employers to take on staff without fear of tribunal claims. Although the qualifying period for unfair dismissal has been extended, an employee is still able to claim discrimination at any stage of their employment.


For further information, see our redundancy and dismissal section on HRBird.

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