It is extremely rare for a tribunal not to hear both sides at a hearing, but that is what happened in this case.
The Court of Appeal has held that closed material procedures, which are often used in cases that involve national security interests, do not breach European law. However, it also held that, when such procedures are used, the employee must be provided with the gist of the closed evidence on which the employer seeks to rely.
Practical guidance on responding to an employment tribunal claim, including the 28-day time limit for submitting the ET3; grounds for resisting the claim; pleading in the alternative; and counterclaims.
In Hovell v Ashford and St Peter's Hospital NHS Trust  IRLR 734 CA, the Court of Appeal held that a small difference in points between a woman's job and that of her equivalently rated comparator in a job evaluation scheme does not of itself establish that the jobs are of equal value. However, where the employee's job has been marked lower than her comparator's, an employment tribunal is not bound by law to order an independent expert's report before determining the equal value claim. This is a matter for the discretion of the tribunal.
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