The qualifying period after which an employee can make a claim of unfair dismissal has been increased from one year to two years’ service. This applies to all employees who started working for a new employer on or after 6 April 2012. The government hopes that this will lead to a fall in employment tribunal claims.
Andrew Browning of employment law firm Fox Whitfield, which has just opened an office on the Southampton Science Park, questions whether the number of claims will really decrease overall. “We may find that former employees with less than two years’ service claim that their dismissal was a discriminatory act. There is no requirement for a minimum length of service to make a discrimination claim and even if it is groundless the employer will still have to spend time and money defending the claim.”
Andrew is really happy with the Science Park as a location for the firm’s new office. “It’s a brilliant setting for a business and there is a real entrepreneurial buzz about the place. There are lots of high growth businesses within the Science Park and hopefully we will be able to help them with any employment issues that they may have”.
Fox Whitfield provides advice on all aspects of employment law including dismissal and capability issues, discrimination law, and employment tribunal claims.