Simple monetary claims to get fast-track through employment tribunals

The government is looking to develop a fast-track system for employment tribunals to deal with simple monetary claims.

Responding to a written parliamentary question,employment relations minister Pat McFadden said the new system would involve five jurisdictions in straightforward claims and could be determined without the need for a tribunal hearing.

The jurisdictions considered suitable for the fast track are: unlawful deductions from wages, breach of contract, redundancy pay, holiday pay, and the national minimum wage.

Employment judges sitting alone was a recommendation of the Gibbons Review of dispute resolution. McFadden said it was likely the government would adopt this method in such claims, speeding up simple cases without the need for lay members.

Claims falling within these jurisdictions that are combined with other jurisdictions outside the list, would not be eligible for being fast-tracked, he added.

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