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[14 APR 99] LODDERS SOLICITORS PRESS RELEASE
Employment Laws Change Delayed

Companies have been given extra time to ensure their disciplinary processes are up to speed, thanks to a delay in implementing new laws governing unfair dismissal claims, say leading Stratford solicitors.

The new laws will give staff the right to claim unfair dismissal after just one year in employment and will more than quadruple the amounts that can be awarded to a maximum of 50,000.

They were originally due for implementation on 1 April. Now, as part of the Employment Rights Bill, they are expected to become law later this year.

However, Lodders warn the changes could place an immense burden on many small and medium-sized businesses and particularly on those with only a few employees

Lodders commercial litigation partner, Michael Wakeling, said:

"When the changes do become law, the increases in the potential awards may well mean more companies feel compelled to contest unfair dismissal cases and they will need to be able to prove that they have followed all the correct and necessary steps leading up to dismissal."

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