Changes to Employment Laws
From April 6th 2012 employees will be required to have worked for two consecutive years before they are able to make any general unfair dismissal claims.
Currently it stands that an employee can make a claim after working for a consecutive year, however The Order that has been published makes it clear that changes to the legislation will apply to those employees who commence work April 6th 2012.
The changes are to reduce the ‘burden’ on businesses which the coalition government have said the employment laws have effectively become.
The Chancellor in particular has been advocating for the removal of the unfair dismissal burden for micro-firms (companies employing less then ten employees). The Chancellor has said that businesses had the right to keep trading and ‘not to be sued out of existence’.
It is expected that due to the Chancellors seniority within the government that his motion will be supported and that further changes will be made.
Source Clough & Willis Solicitors
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