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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Supreme Court’s unfair dismissal ruling in Royal Mail case gives pause for thought

9 Dec 2019

This recent case should sound an alert for companies looking to dismiss staff for...

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Embassy secretary awarded £400,000 for ‘spiteful’ sex discrimination

22 Nov 2019

Employment tribunal awards £400,000 to former Qatari Embassy secretary who was subjected to a campaign of sexual harassment and discrimination.

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89-year-old wins £200,000 in compensation for age discrimination

18 Nov 2019

An 89-year-old former medical secretary who was unfairly dismissed from her post at Royal Berkshire Hospital has won £200,000 in...

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Woman who lost job over transgender views begins tribunal case

14 Nov 2019

An employment tribunal is examining the loss of employment of a tax expert after she had publicised her views on transgender rights: a landmark case.

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Whistleblower’s treatment leads to tribunal case against Lloyds of London firm

14 Nov 2019

A whistleblower alleges he has been subjected to a campaign questioning his motivations and mental health.

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Employment tribunals have no jurisdiction over US bases in UK

7 Nov 2019

An employment tribunal has accepted that the US government can’t be investigated for breaches of UK employment law in facilities...

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Honesty is the best policy – lies and inferences in discrimination claims

5 Nov 2019

Where lies the burden of proof in discrimination claims in a case where...

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Government considering making employee references mandatory

29 Oct 2019

The government has said it will consult on the idea that employers should be required to provide, as a minimum,...

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End of year restructure? How to avoid a winter of discontent

29 Oct 2019

What do organisations need to consider to ensure their redundancy and restructure decisions don't lead them to an employment tribunal?

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BBC presenter Samira Ahmed takes equal pay case to tribunal

28 Oct 2019

BBC journalist Samira Ahmed is taking an equal pay case against the broadcaster to an employment tribunal, claiming she was...

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Ex-Mulberry employee loses philosophical belief appeal

18 Oct 2019

A former Mulberry designer who refused to sign a copyright agreement because she had a “philosophical belief” in the right...

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Capita unfairly dismissed employee whose role was made full-time

16 Oct 2019

An employee who was made redundant when Capita Customer Management refused to allow her to continue working part time following...

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IR35: Time for the private sector to get its house in order?

16 Oct 2019

Recent decisions by major employers such as Barclays and Lloyds to bring all contractors onto payroll have ruffled feathers in...

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Former TalkTalk exec to crowdfund tribunal bid

14 Oct 2019

A former TalkTalk executive has launched a crowdfunding campaign to take the company to tribunal for unfair dismissal and equal...

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