Updated to include the increase in compensation limits in cases of unfair dismissal, effective from 6 April 2017.
In Redfearn v United Kingdom  IRLR 51 ECHR, the ECHR held that an employee's rights under art.11 of the European Convention on Human Rights were breached when he was unable to challenge his dismissal following his election as a local councillor for the BNP.
The European Court of Human Rights has said that it was a breach of a BNP member's human rights for him not to have the opportunity to claim unfair dismissal on the basis that he was sacked for his "political opinion". He did not have the required one year's service in force at the time to bring a claim.
A table setting out the effective date of termination for unfair dismissal claims.
In Hussain v Acorn Independent College Ltd EAT/0199/10, the EAT held that a teacher had the requisite one-year period of continuous employment to bring a complaint of unfair dismissal. Continuity was preserved over the college summer vacation between his first temporary contract and a subsequent contract because his absence was on account of a "temporary cessation of work".
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the minimum service requirement for unfair dismissal.