"Rapid resolution" scheme introduced
Implementation date: To be confirmed
Section 11 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (PDF format, 1MB) (on the UK legislation website) introduces the concept of "legal officers", who may determine specified types of employment tribunal claims if all parties to a dispute consent in writing. The Government's intention to introduce a "rapid resolution" scheme, as a quicker and cheaper alternative for resolving low-value straightforward employment disputes, was announced in its response to the consultation on resolving workplace disputes. However, the Government's indicative timetable (on the UK Government website) states that it has "no current plans to use" s.11.