In R v Secretary of
State for Employment ex parte Equal Opportunities Commission (3 March 1994)
EOR54A, the House of Lords rules that the minimum hours qualifying
thresholds in respect of statutory unfair dismissal and redundancy payments
rights are contrary to European Community law.
The rights to bring an unfair dismissal
complaint and/or a claim for a statutory redundancy payment set out in the
Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978 are conditional upon the
claimant having worked 16 hours or more per week for two years (or five years
if the employee works between eight and 16 hours per week).