Rules and procedures in employment tribunals have become hugely baffling. Kerry Underwood and Elish McKee navigate the confusion

Until recently, a simple letter to an employment tribunal constituted a valid application, provided it contained certain basic information and was in time.

Now the rules and procedures to be followed before a case can be accepted by the tribunal are baffling even the most experienced specialist employment lawyers.

This government has presented no fewer than 89 Statutory Instruments and 28 Acts of Parliament in the employment field since coming to power in 1997.

The Employment Act 2002 and the Employment Act (Dispute Resolution Regulations) 2004 changed the procedure for presenting claims to the employment tribunals.

Section 111(2) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 provides for a three-month time limit.


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