Time limits for bringing tribunal claims - claims for breach of contract or a sum due under the contract

Statutory rights are subject to time limits within which a complaint must be brought to an employment tribunal. A breach of contract claim may be brought before an employment tribunal only where the claim arises or is outstanding on the employee's termination.

Nature of complaint Time limit for bringing claim
1 Or within such further period as the tribunal considers reasonable in a case where it is satisfied that this was not reasonably practicable.
Employee's contract claim Within three months beginning with the effective date of termination (EDT) of the contract giving rise to the claim (or where there is no EDT beginning with the last day on which the employee worked in the terminated employment) (reg.7 of the Employment Tribunals Extension of Jurisdiction (England and Wales) Order 1994 (SI 1994/1623), reg.7 of the Employment Tribunals Extension of Jurisdiction (Scotland) Order 1994 (SI 1994/1624)) 1
Employer's counterclaim Within six weeks of receipt of details of the employee's contractual claim (reg.8 of the Employment Tribunals Extension of Jurisdiction (England and Wales) Order 1994 (SI 1994/1623), reg.8 of the Employment Tribunals Extension of Jurisdiction (Scotland) Order 1994 (SI 1994/1624))1

From 6 May 2014 (or from 6 April 2014 where the prospective claimant voluntarily contacts Acas under the early conciliation procedure) the time limits are extended to take account of the early conciliation procedure. The period beginning with the day after the employee first contacted Acas under the early conciliation procedure and ending with the day he or she receives the early conciliation certificate will not count when calculating the time limit for bringing the claim. If the limitation period would have expired during the period starting with the day the employee first contacted Acas and ending one month after he or she receives the early conciliation certificate, it will be extended to expire one month after receipt of the early conciliation certificate.