There continues, this week, to be a bit of a ‘stink’ in the press about Lord Young’s proposals to allow unfair dismissal claims from employees who have 2 year’s employment (rather than the current 12 months) in order to reduce the number of spurious claims.  There has been some suggestion that this will create new jobs.

This seems to be a step backwards  (a) literally – anyone else remember the olden days when the requisite period was 2 years?  (b) also practically, doing away with important employment protection rights for those who are currently protected from unfair dismissal.

Undoubtedly, the law on unfair dismissal will be overhauled at some point but I am not convinced this is the right way forward.  Sorry, Lord Young.