Business groups welcome Employers’ Charter
The government has set out measures designed to give businesses, especially SMEs, added confidence to expand and create jobs.
Reforms to employment tribunals will increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims from 1 to 2 years. Last year tribunal claims rose by a record 56% to 236,000, and the average cost for a business defending itself against a claim was £4,000. The changes will reduce unmerited tribunal claims and encourage employers and employees to seek mediation to resolve disputes.