Consultation on reforming employment law hearings

21 November 2018

The Law Commission has issued a consultation paper on reforming the court structure for employment law and associated claims.

It is seeking views on several issues including:

  • Extending limitation periods, in most cases from 3 to 6 months;
  • Revisiting the discretion to extend time limits in unfair dismissal cases;
  • Removing the £25,000 cap on breach of contract claims in employment tribunals; and
  • Allowing tribunals to hear breach of contract claims while the employee remains employed.

The Law Commission is only an advisory body and these changes may not happen. Have your say though, by 11 January 2019, at https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/employment-law-hearing-structures/. The questionnaire is long, but it is a box ticking exercise with the option of making additional comments.


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