[Thanks to Laurie Anstis of Boyes Turner for spotting this]
In a speech last week, Prime Minister David Cameron stated that the government will shortly consult on 'protected conversations', enabling an employer and employee to sit down and have frank conversations about performance / ongoing employment, without the employer fearing his words will be used against him a constructive dismissal claim.
He also confirmed that the government will be introducing fees for bringing employment tribunal claims (although did not commit to a date), and will be increasing the unfair dismissal qualifying period from one year to two years with effect from April.
To view the speech, go to www.number10.gov.uk/news/prime-ministers-speech-on-exporting-and-growth. The relevant parts are at the end of the 'Deregulation' section.