Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to reduce the number of employment tribunal claims and boost the economy, with two major changes proposed today.
His first proposal concerns changes to unfair dismissal rules, which he feels could save nearly £6 million a year for British business. The qualifying period for unfair dismissal will be increased from one year to two years with effect from 1 April 2012.
His second proposal would see fees introduced for tribunal claims. Although not confirmed, it appears that a fee structure would apply along the lines of:
Full details will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Further information can be found on http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/oct/03/george-osborne-plan-angers-unions?newsfeed=true