Any employee whose employment commenced on or after 6th April 2012 will have to accrue 2 years’ service before they are eligible to bring a claim for unfair dismissal. Any employee who was employed prior to that date will still only require 1 year’s service. It’s unlikely that the number of tribunal claims will reduce significantly as the danger is that employees will place more reliance on day one rights, such as discrimination and whistleblowing. Also, note that there is still no qualifying period for claims for automatically unfair dismissal.
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