On 3 October 2011 the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced at the Conservative Party Conference that the unfair dismissal qualifying period would rise from one to two years. A subsequent press release by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) confirmed that the change would take effect on 6 April 2012.
No further details were given leaving people wondering whether there would be any transitional provisions to protect those employees who had already achieved one years’ service (but not yet two) by that time.
It is now understood from BIS that, subject to Parliamentary approval, the new two-year qualifying period will only apply to employees whose employment begins on or after 6 April 2012. Those who are already in employment before that date will retain the current one-year qualifying period.
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