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.


£12k for unfairly dismissed Age UK worker after botched redundancy

An error made by managers working out who should be made redundant led to a successful claim of unfair dismissal from a former Age UK employee.

Diabetic bank manager discriminated against after locking customer in branch

13 Aug 2019

An employment tribunal found the bank liable for disability discrimination.

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Whistleblowing

Tribunal case bolsters protection for potential whistleblowers

9 Aug 2019

An employment tribunal last month concluded a case that could prove highly significant for potential whistleblowers.

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How to deal with an employment tribunal

4 Aug 2019

The employment tribunal is not something any employer particularly relishes. Omar Khalil provides some expert advice for HR professionals facing...

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Employment tribunal waiting times reach eight months

29 Jul 2019

Employers are waiting an average of eight months for employment tribunal claims to reach a hearing, according to data analysis...

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Acas: Demand for early conciliation goes up by a fifth

22 Jul 2019

Demand for early conciliation services has risen by 21% compared with last year, according to the latest annual report from...

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Single labour market body to enforce minimum wage and holiday rights

16 Jul 2019

The government has announced proposals for a single labour market enforcement body which will have powers to enforce minimum wage...

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Consultation includes protections from third-party sexual harassment

11 Jul 2019

The government has published its consultation on plans to strengthen protections against sexual harassment at work, including harassment from third...

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Covert recording is not always misconduct, finds EAT

8 Jul 2019

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has clarified when it is acceptable for an employee to make a covert recording of a...

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Top 10 HR questions June 2019: Ex-employee grievances

2 Jul 2019

Can an employer ignore a grievance if the employee no longer works for the organisation?
The most popular FAQ on...

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Wales Employment Tribunal at Cardiff Magistrates' Court

Employment tribunals beset by delays and transfers

28 Jun 2019

The employment tribunal system is still hamstrung by a lack of judicial and administrative resources, nearly two years after fees were scrapped

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Tamarind restaurant (2004)

Restaurant worker unfairly dismissed after whistleblowing

25 Jun 2019

An employment tribunal has ruled that the sacking of an assistant restaurant manager after he had blown the whistle over ingredients was unfair.

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TfL employee wins discrimination claim after manager doubts his command of English

18 Jun 2019

A Transport for London employee who was told he could not take part in training and conference calls because English...

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sainsbury's equal pay claim

Sainsbury’s fails to get equal pay claim struck out

11 Jun 2019

The equal pay claim being pursued by hundreds of Sainsbury’s staff can continue to be heard, an employment tribunal has...

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man asleep on pile of papers

Tribunal ruling overthrown because judge fell asleep

7 Jun 2019

A victimisation case at an employment tribunal will be reheard after the judge fell asleep during proceedings before making the judgement in the claimant's favour.

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