Search Legislation

Defence Reform Act 2014

Section 48: Unfair dismissal of reserve forces: no qualifying period of employment

173.Section 48 amends section 108 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, by disapplying the statutory qualifying period for the purposes of claiming unfair dismissal from a reservist’s civilian employment where the reason (or principal reason) for dismissal is connected with the employee’s membership of the Reserve Forces.

174.This provision does not replace section 17 of the Reserve Forces (Safeguard of Employment) Act 1985 which makes it a criminal offence for an employer to dismiss a reservist because he or she is called out or likely to be called out. This provision does not mean that a member of a reserve force who is dismissed will automatically be treated as having been unfairly dismissed.

Back to top


Print Options


Explanatory Notes

Text created by the government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Public Acts except Appropriation, Consolidated Fund, Finance and Consolidation Acts.


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources