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Employment rights of military reservists

23 September 2014

With effect from 1 October 2014 employees who bring unfair dismissal proceedings against their employers in connection with their military service because, for example, they allege that they have been subjected to detriments resulting in constructive dismissal or because they have been dismissed will not need 2 years’ service to qualify for protection from unfair dismissal. (Defence Reform Act 2014 (Commencement No 2) Order 2014)

Separately, small and medium sized employers (and partnerships) will be entitled to additional compensation payments in respect of reservists called up for service. These payments will be in addition to existing replacement costs awards. (Reserve Forces (Payments to Employers and Partners) Regulations 2014)