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News - 4 April 2012

TUC Issues warning over changes to unfair dismissal laws

As of 6 April 2012, the qualifying period for protection from unfair dismissal will increase from one to two years, meaning that employees will have to be working for a company for a minimum of two years before being eligible to file for an unfair dismissal claim.

According to the TUC (Trades Union Congress), the changes will increase job insecurity, discriminate against minority and younger workers, and lead to a 'hire and fire' culture in Britain with 2.7 million individuals in part-time and temporary jobs will risk losing out on unfair dismissal protections entirely, with 1.4 million of these part-time female employees.

Brendan Barber, the TUC's general secretary, said: “Cutting back on protection against unfair dismissal will do nothing to boost the economy.”

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), however, said the move would boost business growth and give employers greater confidence to hire staff.

In a statement for the BBC, the BIS said the change would not affect any rules in place to halt discrimination, saying: "Fear of employment tribunals has been a real obstacle for firms to take on staff."

Lavinia Newman of ABDS says:

“Various new legislation changes regarding employment rights and the Tribunal system are coming into effect from 6 April 2012, including allowing judges to sit alone in unfair dismissal cases and witness statements being 'taken as read'.”


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