Employment tribunals

Employment rights are enforced in the employment tribunal. For example, employment tribunals consider complaints of unfair dismissal and discrimination. Employment tribunals can also consider breach of contract claims if the value of the claim does not exceed £25,000.

Employment tribunal proceedings are started by the claimant completing and submitting an ET1 claim form within the required time limit. The ET3 response form is the employer's response to the claim form.

Fees are payable and an early conciliation process must be followed before an employment tribunal claim can proceed.


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Employment tribunal decisions now online

A new webpage listing employment tribunal decisions has been launched on the gov.uk website.
The webpage allows the public to...

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Unpaid tribunal awards: enforcement officers recover thousands

8 Feb 2017

Enforcement officers have recovered thousands of pounds from employers that have not coughed up after losing an employment tribunal, according...

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Government review: “No conclusive evidence” that fees prevented tribunal claims

1 Feb 2017

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published its review of the controversial introduction of employment tribunal fees.
It concluded that,...

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Sexist dress codes could attract stricter punishment and fines

25 Jan 2017

Employers that enforce sexist dress codes could be in line for stricter punishment and fines, if the Government follows recommendations...

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How to deal with subject access requests

16 Dec 2016

Subject access requests – when an employee asks to see any personal data held on them – can throw legal...

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Employment law cases 2017: seven decisions to look out for

14 Dec 2016

We round up seven significant employment law decisions expected in 2017, with cases pending on employment status, equal pay, whistleblowing,...

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Singapore employment law: what changes are coming in 2017?

5 Dec 2016

To attract overseas business investment, Singapore has concluded an international network of trade agreements. Changes to Singapore employment law in...

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Online database for employment tribunal judgments confirmed

17 Nov 2016

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has confirmed that new employment tribunal decisions will be made publicly available online from...

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Sexual harassment award: £14,000 for injury to feelings not excessive

27 Oct 2016

Zoe Lomax examines an EAT decision on the level of compensation for injury to feelings dictated by the three Vento bands.

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Asda workers win right to compare roles in biggest private-sector equal pay claim

14 Oct 2016

Asda has lost an employment tribunal ruling in a case involving thousands of

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Early conciliation “no substitute” for effective employment tribunals

4 Oct 2016

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman maintains that the Acas early conciliation service provides no real substitute for dealing with claims...

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What will employment tribunals look like in 2026?

27 Sep 2016

Employment tribunals have come a long way since their introduction in 1964 as a low-cost method for enforcing employment rights....

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Workplace protected conversations shield cannot be waived

12 Sep 2016

In DLA Piper’s latest case report, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) confirmed the privilege that applies to protected conversations cannot...

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Tribunal claim numbers continue downward trend

8 Sep 2016

The number of employment tribunal claims dropped slightly in the three months to June 2016, continuing the downward trend since...

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Large costs award: claimants secretly recorded employer’s legal advice

18 Jul 2016

An employment tribunal threw out four claimants’ cases and ordered them to pay a total of £69,484 in costs after ...

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