The period employees must have been with an employer before they can claim unfair dismissal has risen from 1 year to two years from the 6 April 2012.
The change follows the “resolving workplace disputes” consultation which launched January this year.
This consultation also proposed measures to:
- encourage the early resolution of disputes
- speed up the tribunal process
- tackle weak and vexatious claims
These proposals are expected to cut the number of unfair dismissal claims by just over 3,000 a year.