An employee must have sufficient continuous service to be able to bring an unfair dismissal claim against their employer - either 1 year for employment begun before 5 April 2012, or 2 years for employees beginning on or after that date.
From 6 April 2013 if an employer is proposing to dismiss as redundant 100 or more employees at one establishment within a rolling 90 day period, consultation now only has to begin 45 days before the first dismissal takes effect.
The fit note was introduced on 6 April 2010 to replace the old sick note, and it allows doctors to not only say that the employee is “not fit for work”, but also that they “may be fit for work”.
El-Kholy v Rentokil Initial Facilities Services
Walker v Sita Information Networking Computing
Durrani v London Borough of Ealing
New rates will come into force in October 2013.
Last October George Osborne announced proposals for a new type of employment status, creating “employee shareholders”.
Jennings v Bart’s and the London NHS Trust