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Equal pay: Six-month limitation period runs from termination of relevant contract

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    National Power plc v Young [2001] IRLR 32 CA (2 other reports)

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      2 March 2007

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    • Time limit applies to employment not job

      1 December 2000

      In National Power plc v Young the Court of Appeal has ruled that the time limit in s. 2(4) of the Equal Pay Act 1970, which provides that an equal pay claim cannot be brought if the applicant has not been "employed in the employment" to which the claim relates within the six months preceding the date of the complaint, does not relate to the particular job on which the woman bases her claim to an equality clause.

An employment tribunal has jurisdiction to determine a claim under the Equal Pay Act 1970 if the claimant lodged it within six months of the termination of her contract of employment, holds the Court of Appeal in National Power plc v Young 8.11.00 Court of Appeal. The claimant does not have to bring her claim within six months of ceasing to do the work on which she bases the claim.