ECHR finds that greater protections are required for the political beliefs of UK employees

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The European Court of Human Rights, in Redfearn v United Kingdom [2012] ECHR 1878, has held that employment law in the United Kingdom does not adequately protect individuals from dismissal as a result of their political beliefs or affiliations. The UK has been given two options to address this failing: through a further exception to the length of service qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims (standing currently at two years) in cases where the dismissal is on the grounds of political opinion or affiliation; or by creating a new, freestanding claim for unlawful discrimination on grounds of political opinion or affiliation.

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