The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that the three step statutory dismissal procedure does not normally apply to employees with less than one year’s service because there is no stand alone right to make a claim for breach of the statutory procedure. Breach of the procedure is evidence of Unfair Dismissal and therefore one year’s service is needed for the procedures to bite. The only exception to this is where an employee is dismissed with notice during their first year and that notice takes them over the magic year.