Senior President of Tribunal’s Annual Report and Early Conciliation

21 Feb

The Senior President of Tribunals has published his annual report for 2014. See:

http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/Resources/JCO/Documents/Tribunals/SPT%20Annual%20Report_2014.pdf

The sections dealing with the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Employment Tribunal start at page 63. Some of the notable points are:

•    Appeals to the EAT are down by one-third following the introduction of fees (page 63);

•    Presidential guidance on case management in the ET is “imminent” (page 66);

•    Judicial Mediation in the ET has a success rate of over 70% (pages 68 and 72); and

•    “It may well be that the role of non legal members [in Employment Tribunals in England & Wales] needs to be reviewed.” (page 68)

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Employment Tribunal

The Senior President of Tribunals has published his annual report for 2014. See:

http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/Resources/JCO/Documents/Tribunals/SPT%20Annual%20Report_2014.pdf

The sections dealing with the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Employment Tribunal start at page 63. Some of the notable points are:

•    Appeals to the EAT are down by one-third following the introduction of fees (page 63);

•    Presidential guidance on case management in the ET is “imminent” (page 66);

•    Judicial Mediation in the ET has a success rate of over 70% (pages 68 and 72); and

•    “It may well be that the role of non legal members [in Employment Tribunals in England & Wales] needs to be reviewed.” (page 68)

Early Conciliation

The Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation : Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) have been published. See:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/254/contents/made

The procedure is actually much simpler than that indicated by the draft Regulations issued in June 2013.

Early Conciliation will come into force on 6th April 2014 and under the new rules, Claimants will need to contact ACAS before issuing an ET claim. However, there is no obligation to actually engage in conciliation.

The Employment Team at 12CP Barristers will keep you posted on future developments.

Naveen Agnihotri



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