2012: Employment Law Changes

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The government has recently set out its’ proposals for what is claimed to be the biggest overhaul of employment law for many years .

The main proposals include the following:

• qualifying period to claim unfair dismissal to increase from 1 year’s employment to 2 years;
• all claims to undergo mediation via ACAS, before they can be lodged with the tribunal;
• the introduction of protected conversations between an employer and employee (but discriminatory acts will be excluded);
• a ‘rapid resolution scheme’, to enable simple claims to be settled within three months;
• financial penalties for employers who breach employment rights;
• CRB checks to be portable, so there would be no need for a fresh application when moving jobs; and
• maternity and paternity leave to provide for greater involvement for fathers.

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