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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4 Jan 2016

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16 Dec 2015

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15 Dec 2015

We round up eight significant employment law decisions expected in 2016, with cases pending on holiday pay, redundancy consultation and...

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Producer to sue BBC and Jeremy Clarkson for race discrimination

16 Nov 2015

The producer who was punched by Jeremy Clarkson is suing the presenter and the BBC for race discrimination. 
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Zero hours contracts: redress for exclusivity breaches announced

23 Oct 2015

New legislation giving workers the right to make a tribunal claim in relation to an exclusivity clause in a zero...

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Trainee barrister who brought 30 employment tribunal claims is disbarred

23 Oct 2015

A trainee barrister who was banned from bringing employment tribunal cases after he lodged 30 cases in four years against...

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30 Sep 2015

Every October brings new employment law changes, and 2015 is certainly no different. While the Government’s proposals to toughen the...

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Employment tribunal claim statistics released

10 Sep 2015

The number of employment tribunal claims in 2015 continues to be significantly lower than before tribunal fees were introduced, according...

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Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to abolish employment tribunal fees in Scotland. Photo: Alan Simpson/REX

Scottish Government pledges to scrap employment tribunal fees

2 Sep 2015

The Scottish Government has announced plans to scrap employment tribunal fees under powers set to be transferred from Westminster.

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Unison loses third bid to overturn tribunal fees

26 Aug 2015

Unison has lost a further challenge in its bid to overturn the introduction of tribunal fees.
The Court of Appeal...

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Five important employment law cases in 2015… and five more to come

10 Aug 2015

We round up five significant employment case law decisions that have already been made in 2015, and look at five...

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NHS trust’s former HR director wins tribunal claim over chairman’s sexual advances

3 Aug 2015

An HR director in the NHS was constructively dismissed...

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54,000 new mothers forced out of jobs every year

24 Jul 2015

Around 54,000 new mothers a year lose their jobs through pregnancy and maternity discrimination, according to research by the Equality...

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