One of the most significant changes to theUKemployment law is set to come into force in three weeks time, and businesses are being urged to take notice of them.

The biggest change which will come into force from April 6th 2012 is the increase to the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims.

Under current UK employment law, employees must have been in employment for a minimum of a year before they can claim unfair dismissal; and from three weeks today, this will increase in most cases to two years.

The increase, however, will only apply only to employees whose employment begins on or after 6 April 2012; although there are some exceptions to the change in employment law.

These exceptions are set out in section 108(3) of the Employment Act 1996; and include pregnancy; maternity leave, parental leave, paternity leave, adoption leave or time off for dependants; health and safety, such as reporting a health and safety risk or acting as a health and safety representative;  working time, such as refusing to opt out of the 48-hour week and whistle blowing.

For any employers or employees who are concerned about the employment law changes which will be coming into affect, Mackrell Turner Garrett’s employment departments will be able to assist, and our solicitors specialise in dismissal, disciplinary and grievance issues.