Northern Ireland

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The general ethos behind employment law is the same in Northern Ireland as it is in the rest of the UK. However, many things differ. For example, in Northern Ireland an employee can bring an unfair dismissal claim after just one year’s employment; that used to be the case in the rest of the UK too, but now that has been increased to two years. In most of the UK, the statutory dispute resolution regime was repealed in April 2009 and are now becoming a distant memory; they still apply in the Northern Ireland.

Here we have a guide that summarises a few more key differences to employment law in Northern Ireland.


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