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.


Producer to sue BBC and Jeremy Clarkson for race discrimination

The producer who was punched by Jeremy Clarkson is suing the presenter and the BBC for race discrimination. 
Oisin Tymon’s...


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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Employment law changes October 2015: a six-point checklist

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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Total Number of Employment Tribunal Jurisdictional Complaints Received, January 2013 to June 2015

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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Pregnancy and maternity discrimination: 10% of women were discouraged from attending antenatal appointments. Photo: Mito Images/REX

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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Responding to an employment tribunal claim - form ET3

Responding to an employment tribunal claim: five tips for employers

23 Jul 2015

When an employer receives an employment tribunal claim, it needs to act quickly and carefully to put itself in the...

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Select committee launches tribunal fees inquiry

22 Jul 2015

A select committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into court and tribunal fees, to assess whether or not their...

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Why so few financial penalties for aggravated breaches of employment law?

14 Jul 2015

Only three penalties have been imposed against employers for breaching their legal obligations “with aggravating features” since they were brought...

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Half of early conciliation cases avoid tribunal

7 Jul 2015

Almost half of claimants who have used the Acas early conciliation service in the year since it launched have avoided...

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Unison tribunal fees appeal: still no firm judgment

18 Jun 2015

Unison's challenge to the introduction of fees in the employment tribunal continued last week in a two-day hearing at the Court of Appeal.

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