Changes to unfair dismissal claims in the UK look set to divide opinion. As it had stood an employee could make a claim of unfair dismissal once they had been employed by a company for one year. This is to change to two years. Instead of two judges presiding over the case only one will now be used.
The CBI has welcomed the changes to unfair dismissal as the only "concrete step" by the UK coalition government to help businesses. Understandably Unions have said the changes will lead to a "hire and fire" culture in the UK and for many workers a feeling of insecurity.
Government plans to reduce workplace accident reporting in the UK have also been implemented. Any accidents in the workplace keeping workers absent from work for more than three days had to be reported to the HSE, Health and Safety executive. The timescale has been extended meaning that only accidents which have resulted in absence from work of more than seven days will have to be reported.
The change to accident reporting may sound small but it will have an impact. The government claims that it will save thousands of work hours each year which had been needed for form filling, relating to HSE reporting. If it will save that much it would seem that the UK health and safety in the workplace record is not good.
A UK Union leader said that "reporting 30,000 less accidents is not the same as reducing the number of accidents by 30,000.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog