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.


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

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

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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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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More full-time judges needed to handle tribunal delays

14 May 2019

Too few full-time judges are available to handle the backlog of employment tribunal cases, which has resulted in continuing delays...

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Top 10 HR questions April 2019: Maximum compensation, holiday entitlement and positive action

2 May 2019

The annual increase to the limits on compensation that can be awarded in an...

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Sharp rise in disability discrimination claims at tribunals

29 Apr 2019

There were 6,550 disability discrimination claims at employment tribunals last year, a 37% rise on the year before (4,770), according to Ministry of Justice figures.

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Caravan park staff not entitled to NMW for night call outs

18 Apr 2019

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

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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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