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 fees: Out-of-time discrimination claim revived

It has been successfully argued before an employment tribunal that a discrimination claim – thrown out during the fees regime...

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Employment tribunal fees cases stayed

10 Aug 2017

Cases arising from the Supreme Court decision in R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor, which declared employment...

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Six important employment law cases in 2017

28 Jul 2017

The decision by the Supreme Court that the employment tribunal fees system is unlawful may be one of the most...

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Employment tribunal fees unlawful, rules Supreme Court

26 Jul 2017

Employment tribunal fees are unlawful under both UK and EU law because they prevent access to justice, the Supreme Court...

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Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review

11 Jul 2017

Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is no different. Rob...

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The Taylor Review: what employers need to know

11 Jul 2017

The long-awaited Taylor Review of modern employment practices emerged today, introduced at a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa...

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Companions at disciplinary hearings: difficult scenarios for HR

6 Jun 2017

On paper, a worker’s right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing is one of the simplest employment rights there...

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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Brexit bonfire of employment law unnecessary, say employers

4 May 2017

Employers overwhelmingly back most existing employment rights and do not believe the current employment law framework should be revised after...

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Tribunal awards £2 to claimant denied companion at disciplinary hearing

24 Apr 2017

Stephen Simpson rounds up recent decisions published on the online database of first-instance employment tribunal judgments

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Government to publish workplace dress code guidance following high heels petition

21 Apr 2017

New guidance on workplace dress codes will be published by the Government, but

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Statutory redundancy pay rates increase for 2017-18

6 Apr 2017

The maximum amount that can be used to calculate an employee’s statutory redundancy pay increases to £489 per week from...

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Expired warnings, final warning

Does a new tribunal decision mean expired warnings are past their “use by” date?

5 Apr 2017

A recent employment law ruling that it was fair to dismiss an employee partly on the basis of an expired...

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£25,000 for early termination of apprenticeship contract

4 Apr 2017

An employment tribunal has awarded £25,000 for breach of contract to an employee whose apprenticeship was ended early. Stephen Simpson...

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