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Employment sector 'needs unfair dismissal reforms'

Employment sector 'needs unfair dismissal reforms'

Britain's jobs market could benefit if the government's proposed employment law changes regarding unfair dismissal go through.

That is according to Simon Walker, director-general of the Institute of Directors (IoD), who has today (March 13th) called on all MPs to support the administration's plan to extend the qualification period for this type of legal claim to two years.

Should this be ratified by parliament, employees will have had to work for an organisation for a minimum of 24 months before they can take action under these terms - double the current timeframe of one year.

And Mr Walker insisted this represents a vital update to the country's employment sector in the wake of the recession, as figures from the IoD show that 46 per cent of firms would look to hire more staff if this change was implemented.

"We would like to see acknowledgement from all parties that we've become 'lop-sided' on the subject of employment protections," he added.

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Posted by Francesca Witney