Has an employer or potential employer subjected you to unfair treatment? Think you might have a case for Employment Tribunal? Or are you an employer worried about being taken to tribunal? Regardless of which side you’re on, Employment Tribunals are stressful affairs. They should only ever be a last resort.


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Employment Tribunals are impartial judicial bodies. They aim to settle disagreements relating to employment rights. If you have a dispute with your employer, someone who interviewed you for employment or a trade union, you can make a Tribunal claim.

Employment Tribunal hearings listen to claims on the following matters:

  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Breach of Contract
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment and Bullying
  • Maternity and Paternity Rights

Think you have a claim?

The first step to getting to employment tribunal is to notify the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).

An Acas conciliator will get in touch and offer conciliation services. These are free, impartial and mandatory. Conciliation hopes to resolve the dispute between you and your employer without the need for Tribunal.

If conciliation doesn’t work, Acas will give you a certificate and reference number allowing you to go to Tribunal.

You usually have a limited amount of time to make your Tribunal claim. Normally three months after your employment ended or the problem occurred.

Success at Employment Tribunal means you can make a settlement with your employer. If settlement still isn’t possible, then you’ll get compensation. This is intended to make up for your loss of employment or injury to feelings.

How can I avoid employment tribunals as an employer?

Keeping your staff from going to Tribunal might seem like common sense. But it’s easier to slip up than you think.

Having clear employment contracts in place is your first line of defence. The more explicit you make terms and conditions of employment, the more difficult it is to argue against them.

Proper procedures for discipline and grievance help, too. Having set ways to deal with employee complaints and misbehaviour can prevent unfair treatment.

Take heed of implied contract terms. Make sure to let go of any prejudices and follow laws on minimum wage and holidays.

Keep up with employment law changes. Legislation changes every year. If you fail to keep up, you may be guilty of unfair treatment without knowing.

The more closely you’ll follow the law, the less likely you are to fall foul of Tribunal claims. The Cost of hiring a solicitor to put measures in place is far cheaper than going to Employment Tribunal. Even if you don’t lose the case, the negative publicity of a Tribunal can be damning to your company.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an employer or employee, Bendles will help when it comes to Employment Tribunal.

If you’re an employee who’s been wronged, we’ll help. We’ll help filling out your Employment Tribunal ET1 form. Then help you gather evidence and statements from witnesses. All the way to representing you at Tribunal.

For employers, we’ll show you that prevention is far better than the cure. The high legal fees that come with Tribunal claims make them damaging for all involved. We’ll help you get proper contracts and procedures in place. You'll be better prepared to avoid huge setbacks to your business.

If you want Tribunal advice, get in touch with one of our employment law specialists, Stuart Irving or Michael Johnson today. Give us a call on 01228 522215 to get reassured sooner.

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