Like any good D.J. (there the similarity ends) we are always open to requests.  This one is for John who we met at the Big Wigs fun day yesterday but might also be a general useful update.

The question posed is when are employees entitled to bring unfair dismissal claims?  The general rule is that an employee must have one years continuity of employment in order to bring a claim (although there are certain exceptions where no qualifying period).

The trick to watch out for (and this is the point John was interested in) is that if employment is terminated at 51 weeks employment and they are either given no notice or pay in lieu of notice then one weeks statutory notice will be added to their service, effectively entitling them to bring an unfair dismissal claim.  The extra time will not, however, be added where an employee is summarily dismissed for gross misconduct.

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