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Qualifying period increase justified

This report relates to 1 case(s)

In R v Secretary of State for Employment ex parte Seymour-Smith (No.2) the House of Lords has ruled that the Secretary of State was objectively justified under European law in increasing the unfair dismissal qualifying period from one to two years in 1985 and in maintaining it in 1991, when the applicants in this case were dismissed, notwithstanding that the qualifying period indirectly discriminated against women.

This brings to an end this long-running test case.