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Employment tribunals

Employment tribunals hear claims regarding disputes in the workplace. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing guidance and background information.

Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

ACAS on settlement agreements

September 2013

Business will welcome publication by Acas of Settlement Agreements: A Guide to help them and their employees understand what settlement agreements are, their effects, when they might best be used and how they can be negotiated.

Reference to ‘protected characteristic’

June 2012

Employers involved in employee disputes will welcome a ruling that an employer’s allegation a pregnant employee lied about a miscarriage was not discrimination or harassment on grounds of sex or pregnancy. Legal Alert, June 2012.

Unfair dismissal awards rise from 2012

February 2012

Employers should note that the annual review of the maximum compensation that can be awarded in unfair dismissal and other cases will increase to a new maximum of £85,200 from 1 February. Legal Alert, February 2012.

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Handling tribunal cases

This chapter of the handbook looks at employment tribunals and includes: the role of employment tribunals; how to defend a claim; Reconsideration of a tribunal's decision.

Procedure for bringing a claim before an employment tribunal

This section of the chapter on employment outlines the procedure for bringing a claim to a tribunal, presenting a complaint, procedure at the tribunal, tribunal fees, and appeals.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.


Online articles

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Tribunals struggle as backlog of cases reaches new high

The article reports on a study which revealed that the number of outstanding employment tribunal cases has reached its highest level since the scrapping of tribunal fees in July 2017.

Tribunal fees one year on

Developments in employment tribunals since the Supreme Court's 2017 ruling that made tribunal fees unlawful in Great Britain. The article covers the number of claims brought by a single employee, the backlog of cases, and the possible reintroduction of fees.

Tribunal fees are finished

The Supreme Court in Great Britain has ruled against employment tribunal fees in a case brought by trade union Unison. The article looks at the impact of fees on the number of claims, the prevention of claims through internal policies, and the government's obligation to pay back fees paid since 2013.

Mechanic wins unfair dismissal appeal after attack: Case highlights importance of policies and proper investigations, say legal experts.

The article reports on the finding by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Arnold Clark Automobiles v. Spoor that a former employee was improperly dismissed following a physical altercation with a co-worker. Emphasis is given to topics such as suspension of the employee by the human resources department, the application of disciplinary policies, and following the course of an investigation.

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Employment tribunal

HM Courts & Tribunals Service

Information for employers on being taken to a tribunal and for employees for taking employees to tribunal and includes forms and procedures

Incorporated Council of Law Reporting

Incorporated Council of Law Reporting

Case summaries involving employment law, discrimination, competition and other subjects. There is a subscription version (ICLR.3) which offers a more powerful research platform. A free trial of ICLR.3 is available.

Reforming the employment tribunal system

Ministry of Justice / Dept. Business, Energy & Industry Strategy April 2017

A 2016 consultation on the reform of employment tribunals. The Government response was published in February 2017.

UK Employment Appeal Tribunal database

British and Irish Legal Information Institute

A searchable database containing full hearing judgments of the EAT which are transcribed or handed down by the Tribunal. Maintained by the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII).

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