Law and Employment: Lessons from the UKISER Internal Seminars

While the vast majority of the European countries have recently adopted policies to increase labour market flexibility, the UK went in the opposite direction in 1999. The Employment Act 1999 Unfair Dismissal decreased the period during which workers may not sue their employer for unfair dismissal from 2 years to 1 year.

The aim of this paper is to analyze the effects of this 1999 reform on the probability to be dismissed and on related labour outcomes. Using data from the Labour Force Survey, we find significant changes after the reform was implemented. In particular, we observe a decrease in probability of getting fired and an increase in training for workers with tenure lower than 24 months.

Presented by:

Veronica Toffolutti (ECASS visitor, Department of Economic Sciences, University of Padua)

Date & time:

9 Apr 2008 12:00 pm - 8 Apr 2008 23:00 pm


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