The Government’s new enterprise tsar has suggested that increasing the length of service requirement to 2 years continous service from the one currently needed to bring an unfair dismissal claim would increase employment and help businesses out.
It wouldn’t do either.
Sure, all business would prefer to be able to sack an employee “just because”, but the idea that this is a benefit is misguided.
In my opinion, the 1 years service test should be removed. I see absolutely no reason why employees should be able to be dismissed without a fair reason.
It’s unfair to employees when their company turns round and says, Lord Sugar style, You’re Fired, without it being fair.
To increase the service requirement to 2 years will mean that an employer could sack an employee without cause. This would be devastating for the economy and unemployment already on the brink of collapse.
It would also increase discrimination claims now under the Equality Act, and that just means more litigation, more cost and more problems.
First day in the job for Lord Young, let’s see how he does through his probation period.
Footnote: this post is typed on my phone, so apologies for spelling mistakes. Steven Mather is a Disputes Solicitor currently available for work.