Watch this space but a recent statement on Red Tape suggested that the Government had decided to increase the qualifying service for raising an unfair dismissal claim from 1 to 2 years and to require a fee to be lodged when raising a Tribunal claim.

The Government’s recent statement on Red Tape stated that they have:-

"Consulted on changes to employment law that will give business the confidence to take on staff. We are increasing the qualifying period for employees to be able to bring a claim for unfair dismissal from one to two years and introducing fees for lodging employment tribunal cases to tackle vexatious claims. "

This appeared to indicate that the Government had made their decision on two key elements of Tribunal reform.

However, since releasing this a clarification statement has been issued indicating that this was a drafting error and that no final decision has been taken to increase the unfair dismissal qualifying period from 1 to 2 years. Even if this is correct the clarification statement (and previous communications on this point from the Government) does seem to make clear that fees for lodging a claim will be introduced in some shape or form in the future.

No doubt further information will be forthcoming over the coming weeks and months.