by Laurie Anstis on February 21, 2012
The government have now published the draft legislation increasing the unfair dismissal qualifying period from one to two years.
That makes it clear that the new two year qualifying period will only apply where an employee’s continuous employment begins on or after 6 April 2012.
Savvy employers looking at recruiting a new employee in the next month or so may well look to postpone the start of employment until 6 April in order to ensure that the two year period applies to the new employee.
It will be interesting to compare the figures for the number of new jobs created in March and April this year. A large increase in new jobs in April compared with March will only show that employers have postponed recruitment decisions until after the new rules come into force. It will be later in the year that we can consider whether the increase has achieved its stated aim: “to give greater confidence to employers in recruiting new employees”.