Time limits for bringing tribunal claims - working time regulations

Statutory rights are subject to time limits within which a complaint must be brought to an employment tribunal. The limits applicable to claims that relate to working time and annual leave 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.
Refusal to permit a worker to exercise the right to daily rest periods, weekly rest periods or annual leave Within three months beginning with the date on which the right should have been permitted (reg.30(2) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833))1
Failure to pay the whole or any part of pay due for annual leave Within three months of the date when payment should have been made (reg.30(2) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833))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.