Respond to an employment tribunal claim

Key points

  • Employers must, within the required time limit, use the prescribed response form (ET3) to respond to an employment tribunal claim submitted on an ET1 form.
  • The employer should ensure that its case is set out as comprehensively as possible in the ET3 as it may not be able later to rely on something that is not included. The response should focus on the claimant's allegations and what is in dispute between the parties.
  • A failure to submit a response on an ET3 containing the minimum information and in time will result in the tribunal rejecting the response, which could lead to the employment judge issuing a default judgment in favour of the claimant.

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