Employment tribunals and courts

Jeya Thiruchelvam

Editor's message: In recent years, the employment tribunal system has undergone some significant changes, including the introduction of a fee regime.

The regime requires claimants in employment tribunal proceedings to pay a fee to issue a claim and a further fee if the claim proceeds to a final hearing. The fee payable depends on whether the claim is a type A or type B claim, which depends on the nature of the claim. Type A claims are the more straightforward complaints and include claims for unpaid wages, holiday pay and redundancy payments. Type B claims include claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination and equal pay. Both claimants and respondents are also liable to pay a fee for making specified applications.

Jeya Thiruchelvam, senior employment law editor

Latest items in Employment tribunals and courts

  • Date:
    1 December 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    The recent legal case of Jeffery v The British Council shows employers how to decide whether expatriate employees' legal rights fall under British or overseas employment law. Helena Rozman of global law firm Dentons explains.

  • Cases on appeal

    Date:
    21 November 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.

  • Online database for employment tribunal judgments confirmed

    Date:
    17 November 2016
    Type:
    News

    HM Courts and Tribunals Service has confirmed that new employment tribunal decisions will be made publicly available online from late 2016 or early 2017.

  • Procedure in cases of discrimination

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on the EAT decision in Compass Group UK & Ireland Ltd v Morgan on compliance with the early conciliation process.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 November 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    Chris Cook is partner and head of employment and Keely Rushmore is senior associate at SA Law. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Sexual harassment award: £14,000 for injury to feelings not excessive

    Date:
    27 October 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld an employment tribunal decision to award £14,000 for injury to feelings after a young lawyer was subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace and forced out of her job. Zoe Lomax, employment associate at DLA Piper, examines the decision including the level of compensation dictated by the Vento bands.

  • Unfair dismissal

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on Khan v Stripestar Ltd, in which the EAT considered the extent to which a defective disciplinary process can be cured through an appeal; and Grayson v Paycare concerning the correct approach to a Polkey reduction.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 October 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    David Malamatenios is partner at Colman Coyle solicitors. He rounds up the latest rulings.

  • Podcast: October 2016 and beyond

    Date:
    30 September 2016
    Type:
    Audio and video

    We discuss the key legal developments affecting employers from October 2016 and beyond, including: changes to the national minimum wage rates; reforms to employment tribunals; public-sector exit payments and important case decisions to look out for.

  • Equal pay: Tribunal not obliged to stay equal pay claim for "transfer" to High Court

    Date:
    30 September 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and others [2016] IRLR 709 CA, the Court of Appeal held that, although employment tribunals have the power to grant an indefinite stay of proceedings, there was no requirement for a tribunal to do so merely because the respondent wanted to have equal pay claims against it heard in the High Court rather than the tribunal.