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.


Caravan park staff not entitled to NMW for night call outs

Workers who were on call during the evening were conducting “time work” and should have received an hourly rate under...

Pimlico’s Charlie Mullins: Gig economy reform needed, but don’t vilify us

10 Apr 2019

The name Pimlico Plumbers has become synonymous with the gig economy and workers’ rights over the past eight years. And...

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Holland & Barrett employee wins overtime case for opening and closing up

9 Apr 2019

Retailers whose staff work extra hours to open and close the store should ensure their employees are adequately remunerated for...

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Royal Mail driver told she should be ‘in the kitchen’ wins case

8 Apr 2019

A Royal Mail driver who was told she should be “back home and in the kitchen” has won £2,600 in...

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Injury to feelings tribunal compensation to increase

4 Apr 2019

Bands of compensation awarded by employment tribunals for injury to feelings in discrimination cases – Vento bands – will increase this month.

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School loses appeal in gay headteacher constructive dismissal decision

25 Mar 2019

A school in Wales has had its appeal dismissed in a case where a gay headteacher claimed for constructive dismissal....

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Courts should fast-track gig economy cases: Frank Field

25 Mar 2019

The exploitation of workers must be tackled quickly and effectively, MP Frank Field has recommended in a new report critical of the length of time cases are taking.

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BNY Mellon’s flexible working policy review: what can HR learn?

13 Mar 2019

Last week US bank BNY Mellon informed its employees it was “pausing” a review of its policies that allow them...

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National Gallery lecturers win ‘worker’ status

1 Mar 2019

A group of art lecturers who lost their jobs at the National Gallery have won their legal fight to be recognised as workers, allowing them to claim certain employment benefits such as holiday pay.

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Hospital maintenance

TUPE or not TUPE? NHS Trust did not unfairly dismiss workers

22 Feb 2019

An employment tribunal has found that a hospital trust did not unfairly dismiss 13 maintenance workers because they had not...

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NHS worker who reported suicidal thoughts was unfairly dismissed

21 Feb 2019

An NHS ambulance technician who was threatened with legal action after he reported feeling suicidal was unfairly dismissed, a tribunal...

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Prison officer was unfairly dismissed after revealing sexuality

15 Feb 2019

A prison officer who was subject to verbal and physical abuse over his sexual orientation was unfairly dismissed, an employment...

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sexual harassment case

Sexual harassment and the City: change is in the air

15 Feb 2019

A claim of sexual harassment currently being heard at employment tribunal could end up leading to significant changes of behaviour and culture among City firms

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88-year-old woman wins age discrimination case at tribunal

8 Feb 2019

An employment tribunal ruled this week that the dismissal of an 88-year-old medical secretary was unfair, and “tainted by discrimination”....

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Middlesbrough FC

HMRC shown red card as football club wins minimum wage case

7 Feb 2019

An employment appeal tribunal has found that Middlesbrough FC did not breach minimum wage legislation after deducting the costs of...

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