Employment Tribunals London Procedure

Employment Tribunals London can seem daunting for those looking to bring a claim against an employer. Whilst it is important to consult a legal professional before bringing a claim, it is worth being aware of the Tribunal procedure.

A claim has to be brought before a Tribunal within three months in most cases, however extensions will be granted when there are reasonable grounds for doing so. Equal pay and redundancy claims are allowed a period of six months to bring the claim, however, no extension is granted in these cases. The claim needs to be outlined on the official Tribunal claim form, and failure to do so will result in the claim being dismissed. It should also be noted that certain supporting evidence is necessary before the claim will be considered. Employers answering a claim need to answer within 28 days, and if they fail to do so they will be barred from the hearing, with any subsequent decisions being made in their absence.

Employment Tribunals London are no longer free, and fees need to be paid, firstly for bringing the claim and also for the subsequent hearing. The claim fee is £160 for cases of unpaid wages, redundancy pay and breach of contract, as well as cases of equal pay. For cases of whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal, the fee is £250. Unpaid wages, redundancy and breach of contract attract a fee for the subsequent hearing of £250, whilst whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal hearings cost £950.

Employment Tribunals London will hear the case, and usually a decision will be made on the day. If not the decision will be sent by post. In the case of the claim being successful, the employer may be asked to pay the Employment Tribunals London fees, pay compensation, or re-instate the employee in their job.

If the claim is not successful, the claimant may ask Employment Tribunals London to review its decision, but only with good reason, for instance, if the decision is thought to be wrong, new evidence has appeared, or the employee was not informed of the hearing.

If the claimant is not satisfied with Employment Tribunals London and it's decision, they have within 42 days of the decision (or review) to take the case to the Employment Appeals Tribunal. This attracts a fee of £400, and another fee of £1200 if a full hearing is necessary.

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