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 10 most important employment law cases in 2017

The last year has been a very significant one for employment case law. Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most...

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

20 Nov 2017

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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EAT confirms Uber drivers are workers

10 Nov 2017

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that Uber drivers should be classified as workers who are entitled to basic...

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Employment tribunal fees repayment scheme launched

20 Oct 2017

The Government has announced details of how individuals who paid employment tribunal fees can apply for a refund, following the...

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Abolition of tribunal fees: Next steps for employers

21 Sep 2017

What does the Supreme Court decision declaring tribunal fees unlawful mean for employers on a practical level? Camille Renaudon, a...

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Employment tribunal numbers remain stable … for now

14 Sep 2017

The number of employment tribunal claims rose very slightly during the period between April and June this year, according to...

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Asda equal pay case: EAT allows mass claim to proceed

1 Sep 2017

Supermarket giant Asda has failed in its latest bid to block a mass equal pay claim against it.

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Five tribunal claims that will increase in post-fees era

30 Aug 2017

Following last month’s decision of the Supreme Court declaring that employment tribunal fees were unlawful, the number of tribunal claims...

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Employment tribunal fees: Out-of-time discrimination claim revived

15 Aug 2017

It has been successfully argued before an employment tribunal that a discrimination claim – thrown out during the fees regime...

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Employment tribunal fees cases stayed

10 Aug 2017

Cases arising from the Supreme Court decision in R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor, which declared employment...

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Six important employment law cases in 2017

28 Jul 2017

The decision by the Supreme Court that the employment tribunal fees system is unlawful may be one of the most...

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Employment tribunal fees unlawful, rules Supreme Court

26 Jul 2017

Employment tribunal fees are unlawful under both UK and EU law because they prevent access to justice, the Supreme Court...

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Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review

11 Jul 2017

Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is no different. Rob...

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The Taylor Review: what employers need to know

11 Jul 2017

The long-awaited Taylor Review of modern employment practices emerged today, introduced at a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa...

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