A new regime for employment tribunals came into force on 1 October 2004. Designed to bring the employment tribunal procedure more in line with the Civil Procedure Rules 1998, some fear the new regulations will make the process more legalistic and complex. The main changes introduced include; complex admissibility provisions; longer period for responding to a claim, but with stricter rules about granting extensions and additional powers for the tribunal to make default judgments in such cases; a new power for tribunals to make wasted costs orders; a fixed conciliation period in most cases other than discrimination; and the greater use of case management by tribunals. Employment Tribunals is a practical guide to the practice and procedure in the modern employment tribunal. This new book will examine all aspects of the constitution and powers of the employment tribunal, will explain in detail the new requirements for bringing and defending cases, and will look at the way in which tribunals are likely to deal with many procedural issues under the new regime.
The text is complemented by various worked illustrations and includes full text of the rules and other relevant pieces of legislation. There are also specimen claim and response forms and guideline lists of issues for the main types of claims. Essential reading for all employment lawyers, trade union and other employment advisers, and anyone bringing or defending a claim at an employment tribunal.