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Government Consultation and Employment Tribunal Reform “Resolving Workplace Disputes – Public Consultation”

Background

The Government’s consultation document entitled “Resolving workplace disputes – public consultation” was released on Thursday 27th January 2011. The website describes the consultation as “a significant first step in taking forward the Government’s review of employment law”.

Clearly changes in Governments and political ideologies can bring about major overhauls of the Employment Tribunal system. A case in point is the qualifying service required of an employee to lodge an Employment Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal, which is presently one year. When the statutory claim of unfair dismissal was introduced in 1971 the qualifying period was six months, which was initially increased to one year in 1980 by the Conservative government, further increased to two years in 1985 and ultimately reduced back to one year in 1999 following Labour’s return to power in 1997.

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