The other significant change is that the qualifying period for unfair dismissal will be increased from one year to two years with effect from 1 April 2012. However, care should still be taken as claims for discrimination or dismissal for whistle blowing or for raising health and safety allegations do not require the one/two or sometimes any years service.

Both of these measures are aimed at reducing vexatious and costly claims as whilst more than 80 per cent of tribunal claims never get to a hearing, employers still need to spend time and money preparing a defence.  However, as any fees are likely to be removed for low paid employees and refunded for successful claims, the introduction of these changes may not see much change to the current state

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