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Fri 24 Aug 2012

Legal update - Unfair Dismissal

Legal update - Unfair Dismissal

Unfair dismissal claims usually require an employee to have the necessary period of continuous employment at the effective date of termination.  Employees who commenced work before 6 April 2012 must have at least one year’s continuous service to bring a claim for unfair dismissal.


New legislation has now increased the period of continuous employment to 2 years for work commenced on and after 6 April 2012.


What are the effects?


If you are an Employer: The changes in law should be positive news as, post 6 April 2012, a significantly greater time period is required before an employee can claim unfair dismissal.


If you are an Employee: The new legislation may encourage employees to think twice before accepting a new job as their commencement date will be post 6 April 2012; meaning an employee will need to work with the new employer for at least two years before he or she can bring a claim for unfair dismissal.


For more information or discussion employment law issues, please contact Keith Maynard:


Keith Maynard

Direct Dial: 020 7644 7278

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