LRD Booklets November 2009

Employment tribunals - a guide for trade unionists

Introduction (661 words)

The rules governing the bringing and handling of claims before employment tribunals have become quite detailed. This has raised concerns that ...
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1. The employment tribunal system (825 words)

Employment tribunals were set up under the Industrial Training Act 1964 and were intended to be an informal, accessible as well as a relatively ...
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2. Jurisdiction (567 words)

A tribunal only has power to hear certain types of claim from certain categories of worker and within a specified time limit. This is referred to as ...
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3. Time limits (980 words)

Tribunal claims must be issued within a set time limit, which is specified in the relevant statute. A claim is “issued” once it has ...
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4. Issuing the claim (1,344 words)

Under the Acas statutory Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures employees are encouraged to raise a grievance before issuing any ...
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5. Preparing for the hearing (2,228 words)

It is important to know how much the claim is worth. The tribunal will direct that this information is disclosed early, and the other side will very ...
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6. Settlement and conciliation (325 words)

Once a claim has been issued, the parties can still reach a settlement or conciliation agreement instead of proceeding to a hearing. This can be ...
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7. Tribunal powers (320 words)

There are often issues that need to be dealt with before the full hearing of a claim. These will have previously been dealt with through directions ...
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8. The hearing (1,147 words)

On the day of the hearing, you will need to take six copies of all the documents (e.g. witness statements) that you will present to the tribunal ...
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9. Appeals (337 words)

Either party can appeal a tribunal’s judgment, but the appeal must be brought on very specific grounds. An appeal cannot be brought simply ...
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Employment tribunal's areas of jurisdiction (1,619 words)

“s” relates to a section of the relevant legislation. ...
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Further information (243 words)

Employment Tribunals Service Head Office, 5th Floor, Victory House, 30-34 Kingsway, London WC2B 6EX. Tel: 0845 795 9775. Web: www.employmenttribunals. ...
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