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Rapid increase in 'malicious dismissal claims'

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UK employers are increasingly falling victim to instances of 'malicious dismissal claims' from disgruntled ex-employees.

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that up to 60% of employers have experience of employees making unfair dismissal claims before “tagging on” a discrimination claim to improve their potential payouts.

The research follows recent government pledges to change the way workplace disputes are dealt with. However, 69% of employers surveyed claimed proposals, which would see the minimum period that employees must serve before claiming unfair dismissal increase from one year to two, will have "little impact".

According to those surveyed, there is a risk that extending the qualifying period will simply increase such employees’ creativity when bringing a claim.

However, others have claimed that the proposals are a much needed step in the right direction and certain employers added that the law should be amended to make it easier to dismiss staff and for better case management to identify "vexatious claims".

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