Entries by Sarah Hornblower

All Change?!

There have, over the years been a number of reviews of the tribunal system- ‘Justice’ in 1987, the green paper ‘Options for Reform’ in 1994, ‘Fairness at Work’ in 1998, the Leggatt Report in 2001, the ‘Employment Tribunal System Taskforce’ in 2002 which resulted in the Gibbons Report in 2007, and finally ‘Resolving Workplace Disputes’ […]

ACAS Early Conciliation- the harsh reality

The Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2014 came into force on 6th April 2014 introducing mandatory conciliation in employment disputes as a precursor to eligibility for bringing a claim before an employment tribunal. We are over a year on and starting to see some satellite litigation on the operation and enforcement […]

ACAS Early Conciliation and Limitation Periods in the Employment Tribunal: How does it work?

Early Conciliation Since 6th April 2014, before ‘relevant proceedings’ can be issued in an Employment Tribunal, prospective Claimants must first contact ACAS and provide them with certain basic information (referred to as ‘prescribed information’ to be given ‘in the prescribed manner’ (i.e. in accordance with the legislation)) to enable ACAS to explore the possibility of […]

Employment Tribunals – Costs

Last year saw the enactment of the 2013 Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013 with many changes arguably most notable of which was the introduction of fees and a greater power being given to Employment Tribunals to deal with costs issues. Previously Employment Tribunals only had power to assess costs under £20,000, […]