Vexatious claims

Employment tribunals can make awards for costs against a party who has acted “vexatiously, abusively, disruptively, or otherwise unreasonably” or if the claim is “misconceived”. This could be where a party has failed to comply with tribunal orders, behaved badly at the hearing or brought what is obviously a hopeless case.

In extreme cases, applications can be made to ban individuals who habitually bring vexatious claims against employers from bringing further employment tribunal claims. For example, restriction of proceedings orders were made in Her Majesty's Attorney General v Groves (19 claims in five years) and Her Majesty's Attorney General v Iteshi (30 employment cases in four years).

Government clamps down on unfair dismissal claims

14 Nov 2011

The Government’s aim to reduce employment regulations red tape will see the qualifying period for presenting unfair dismissal claims rise...

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Legal opinion: Reform of unfair dismissal law and the tribunal system

11 Nov 2011

Cutting unnecessary regulation is seen by the Government as one of its core priorities. Employment lawyer Sarah Rushton looks at...

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Government confirms changes to unfair dismissal and tribunal system

3 Oct 2011

The Government today confirmed two key employment law changes, with Chancellor George Osborne announcing that the qualifying period for unfair dismissal...

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Mixed response to the Government’s employment law review

11 May 2011

Employment organisations have offered a lukewarm response to the Government’s announcement that it is to extend its ongoing review into...

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CBI calls for ‘all-action’ budget to stimulate growth and jobs

7 Mar 2011

The CBI has called on George Osborne to boost exports, investment and jobs with an “all-action” budget on 23 March.In...

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End unions’ collective bargaining rights to boost growth, says IoD

7 Feb 2011

The Government should end collective bargaining between unions and employers in the NHS and education sectors in order to boost...

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Government publishes plans for workplace dispute reform

27 Jan 2011

The Government has today published its plans to overhaul the way in which workplace disputes are resolved, as well as...

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Legal Opinion: ‘Employers’ charter’ or political double-speak?

18 Jan 2011

Reading the reports over the last few weeks that trail the coalition Government’s plans for employment law reform, it’s tempting to feel sorry...

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Workers’ abuse of tribunal system a ‘myth’, says TUC

11 Jan 2011

The TUC has hit back at claims by business groups that the tribunal system is in “dire need of reform”,...

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Coalition government and workplace reform

13 May 2010

With a Conservative-Lib Dem coalition focusing on economic stability, reforms affecting the workplace could be put on the back burner for some time. Guy Sheppard assesses the implications for HR.

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Serial litigant’s age discrimination case thrown out of appeals court

9 Mar 2010

Serial litigants have been dealt a blow after a tribunal ruled job applications must be genuine before a claimant can...

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Serial litigants website ‘condemned’ by MPs

25 Jan 2010

Nearly 50 MPs have “condemned” a website launched by an employment lawyer to name and shame serial litigants.
Gordon Turner,...

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HR professionals should trust their own judgement on Tribunal claims

24 Nov 2009

HR professionals should rely on their instincts when faced with a tribunal claim they believe is dubious, according to the...

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Lying claimants: recovering costs

23 Sep 2009

Recent cases show that EATs want tribunals to take a stronger line on costs when parties are found to have lied. Charles Wynn-Evans considers the potential impact.

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DWP sends out bogus job applications to test for discrimination

1 Jul 2009

Thousands of bogus job applications have been sent out by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to test whether employers...

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