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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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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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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Job applicants with spurious intentions: what should employers do?

20 Mar 2017

Police in Scotland have been informed about a serial job applicant who threatens to launch legal action if he is...

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BBC reporter’s employment case struck out

8 Mar 2017

An employment tribunal has struck out a BBC reporter’s claim after finding that she discussed her case with a newspaper...

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Statutory redundancy pay to increase from 6 April 2017

23 Feb 2017

The maximum amount of statutory redundancy pay and the limit on the amount employment tribunals can award for unfair dismissal...

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Employment tribunal decisions now online

9 Feb 2017

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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