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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It is not discriminatory to refuse a new father enhanced pay while on shared parental leave where women are given...

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A disabled Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employee has won £26,000 in compensation after an employment tribunal ruled he...

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The Ministry of Justice has released its latest round of data on tribunals – the first full quarter since fees...

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Since its first issue on 9 February 1988, Personnel Today has reported on a staggering number of developments in employment...

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BA employee with eye condition wins unfair dismissal claim

27 Feb 2018

A British Airways logistics agent has been awarded a £19,000 pay-out, after an employment tribunal found he was unfairly dismissed...

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The Children and Families Act has received Royal Assent.

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Woman paid less than male colleague wins equal pay claim

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A female manager who was paid £7,680 a year less than a male colleague, despite doing the same job, last...

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Employment tribunal fee refunds total £1.8m in two months

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Former Royal British Legion employee wins constructive dismissal case

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An employment tribunal has found that a former case officer at The Royal British Legion was bullied by her line...

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Salesman loses racial discrimination claim following “fat pikey” comment

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Employment tribunal claims soar since abolition of fees

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There has been a two-thirds increase in the number of employment tribunal claims in the two months since fees were...

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“Worker by default” status proposed in new gig economy Bill

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The Work and Pensions Committee and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee have produced a draft Bill designed to...

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Government’s tribunal fees refund scheme now fully open

16 Nov 2017

The Government’s scheme for individuals to apply for tribunal fees refunds has been rolled out to all applicants, after a...

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