The proposals to change the dispute resolution process could help HR professionals recruit members of staff.

Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise, spoke out about the government's plans to reform the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims, increasing it from one to two years.

He stated that this development will give bosses more confidence in taking on new employees, as they will not be concerned that they will "use any excuse to take them to a tribunal".

Mr Flaxton suggested the changes in the dispute resolution process will be fair to both parties and will reduce the number of claims that are taken to court.

He added that there is evidence to suggest that the system "needs a review and potentially an overhaul".

This comes after London mayor Boris Johnson recently criticised the current system of employment tribunals, saying on his website that existing arrangements are limiting growth for UK businesses.

Posted by Hayley Edwards