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Employment Tribunals: Reform

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss Conservative, South West Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made on reform of employment tribunals; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Earlier this year, the Government launched the ‘Resolving Workplace Disputes’ consultation, a significant step in the employment law review. This consultation sought views on measures to encourage the early resolution of disputes and ensure that, where parties do need to come to an employment tribunal, the process is as swift, user friendly and effective as possible. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. Friend Mr Osborne, has already confirmed the Government's intention to proceed with one of these measures; to extend the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims from one to two years and we will be publishing our Government response in the coming weeks, setting out other measures that we are intending to take forward, to deliver reform across the employment tribunal system.

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