Time limits for bringing tribunal claims - pay

Statutory rights are subject to time limits within which a complaint must be brought to an employment tribunal. The time limits applicable to pay-related claims are set out below.

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.
Failure to provide itemised pay statement, or provision of an inaccurate statement Within three months beginning with the date the employment ceased (s.11(4) of the Employment Rights Act 1996)1
Unlawful deduction from wages Within three months beginning with the date of the deduction or, where there is a series of deductions, the date of the last deduction (s.23(2) and (3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996)1
Failure to pay guarantee pay Within three months of the date for which the guarantee payment is claimed (s.34(2) of the Employment Rights Act 1996)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.