Employment tribunals deal with many claims that an employee can bring against their employer about their employment or its termination.
The relationship between an employer and their employee is governed by contract and statute created by Parliament. Most statutory rights can only be enforced in the employment tribunal, whereas the employment tribunal can only deal with some contractual matters.
Examples of claims dealt with by the employment tribunal are:
- Unfair dismissal claims
- Discrimination claims
- Equal pay claims
- Unlawful deductions from wages claims
In July 2013, the Government introduced fees for the first time in employment tribunal cases. The fee is paid by the employee and depends on the type of claim the employee has. In addition to the fee to issue the claim, there is also a hearing fee. This too is payable by the employee. If the employee is successful in their claim, they can ask the employment tribunal to order that the fees are repaid to them by the employer.
Although employers can represent themselves in employment tribunals, the specialist Employment Law solicitors at Banner Jones can help maximise your chances of successfully defending a claim made against you. Employment tribunals have complex rules and the chances of winning or losing depend on using the right tactics and knowing how to present your case. We have many year’s experience representing both employers and employees before the employment tribunal which gives us the ability to ensure that we see both sides of the argument and know how best to present your case to give you the best chance of winning.