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Changes to unfair dismissal law clarified

20th January 2012

The government has confirmed this week that a planned doubling of the unfair dismissal claims qualifying period will not apply to employees who have started work on or before April 6th this year. The news that those who have already found London legal jobs or are expected to do so in the next few months will not be affected by the change has been welcomed by observers.

Under the new plans, employees will soon be unable to begin legal action over alleged unfair dismissal unless they have been at their job for a minimum of two years. The proposed legislation has provoked a mixed response since its announcement; business leaders believe it will help lessen fears of litigation and subsequent restrictions on hiring new staff, whereas unions claim it is only dishonest employers that stand to benefit. 

The legislation does still have to be approved by parliament, but the motion is expected to pass comfortably.