Consultation on reforms to the employment tribunal system

Close date: 20 April 2011

The Government consults on proposals to change the employment tribunal system, with a view to reducing the number of tribunal claims. Its proposals include: the introduction of a fee for bringing a claim; increasing the qualification period for bringing an unfair dismissal claim from one to two years; requiring claims to be submitted to Acas to improve the chances of conciliation; and extending the power to strike out a claim where there is no reasonable prospect of success. The Government proposes introducing a financial penalty on employers, payable to the Treasury, where a tribunal finds a breach of the employee's rights, in addition to compensation payable to the employee.
Consultation document: Resolving workplace disputes: a consultation (523K) (on the BIS website)
Acas response: Resolving workplace disputes - a consultation - response form (PDF format, 401K) (on the Acas website)
Government response: Resolving workplace disputes: Government response to the consultation (PDF format, 365K) (on the BIS website)
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