Start Statutory Rights Against Unfair Dismissals When Probation Period Ends

Start Statutory Rights Against Unfair Dismissals When Probation Period Ends

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Matt Anonymous started this petition to UK Parliament and

You may not know about this, but it may affect you and your family members without you even knowing...

“By law, you can usually dismiss an employee with less than 2 years service without the need to demonstrate a fair reason for the dismissal, and with no positive obligation to go through a fair disciplinary or dismissal procedure. This is because employees only gain statutory protection against unfair dismissal after accruing two years’ continuous service with the same employer.

It may be that you do not think an individual is the right fit for your company or organisation, or there could have been various conduct or capability issues that have raised legitimate concerns. For the employee with less than 2 years service, this may mean that their contract of employment can be lawfully terminated, without further investigation or prior warning, and without the need for you to defend either your decision to dismiss or the way in which this is handled.

In contrast, where an employee has worked for you for 2 or more years, you would need to provide one of five fair reasons as set out under the Employment Rights Act 1996, otherwise risk exposing yourself to an unfair dismissal claim.”

This essentially means as long as your contract of employment is less than 2 years old, your employer can terminate your contract for no reason what so ever, and there’s nothing you can do. For unfair dismissal claims you have to have 2 years service to claim. Why? Why is this a thing? As long as they don’t break terms of contract, and its not discrimination you have no leg to stand on. If your boss doesn’t like you, guess what, he can get rid of you, and you have no leg to stand on. No data needs to be analysed, no prior warnings, no disciplinary, your employer can just get rid of you.

The reason I am passionate about this is because recently this has affected me. I am not disclosing the name of my previous employer, and they have treated me as they should and not broken my contract. However, they could not give me a straight reason why they terminated my contract. I asked to see the data and for any other reasons and they wouldn’t tell me. As I say, the problem here is not with the company, it’s with the law that basically states employees don’t get rights unless they have worked for 2 years. My previous employer knew this and just took advantage of this. I have already been made redundant during the pandemic and I didn’t need to lose another job for reasons out of my control. 

There will be someone in your family that has less than 2 years on their contract, do it for them, do it for me. Please sign, and together we can get this absolutely ridiculous law changed, and stop employers having the rights to get rid of whoever they want, whenever they want. Please sign and share with those family members so they can have a read and sign it, it might save them one day.

Thanks for your time. 

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