Will Government changes to the qualifying period for protection from unfair dismissal create a risk of a "hire and fire" culture? The Government has very recently increased the qualifying period for protection from unfair dismissal from one year to two years.
The change in the law is part of a number of measures being introduced by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to encourage early dispute resolution of disputes and to speed up the tribunal process. So I understand, the changes to the qualifying period of continuous employment is set to reduce the number of unfair dismissal claims by more than 3000 per year.
However, there are rising fears that the moves will increase job insecurity, discriminate against younger workers and part-time female workers. It is anticipated by some that these changes to the law may even have a detrimental impact on the country’s already floundering economy. This is because some people will be constantly in fear of losing their jobs which will lead to less consumer spending. These changes are particularly worrying in a time where unemployment is so high.
Do you think that the Government has made the right choice? Students are welcome to post comments below this blog.