Employment Tribunal Unfair Dismissal
If you are involved in an employment dispute, you may be eligible to make a claim to an employment tribunal. Employment tribunals are empowered to make important decisions regarding various employment related disputes. Tribunals are public bodies located in England, Wales and Scotland with statutory jurisdiction to clear up various disputes between employers and employees. Such cases include discrimination, redundancy payments and unfair dismissal.
When can you claim?
There are certain requirements that must be met if you want to claim to an employment tribunal. If you think you have been treated unfairly by an employer, you may be rushed for time to claim. You usually have three months to make a claim and you must make a claim through the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service before going to Tribunal. Instead of rushing your case to court immediately, you’ll be given the opportunity to settle the dispute using Acas’s free ‘Early Conciliation’ service.
What qualifies as an unfair dismissal?
In order to qualify for unfair dismissal, an employee must meet certain conditions. Subject to some exceptions employees must have at least completed two years of continuous employment before they can claim unfair dismissal. It doesn’t matter if you work full or part-time as hours worked per week are not a contributing factor towards eligibility. If you qualify to claim, you can do so online.
Seeking professional legal advice.
If an unfair dismissal goes to a tribunal, it’s important to consult a solicitor like Davies and Partners Solicitors. We can advise employees on the legitimacy of a dismissal, saving them valuable time and effort in the process. If an employee is successful in their claim for unfair dismissal, they’ll be awarded based on their age, the length of service and remuneration. The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal, for example, is 1 year’s salary or £80,541, depending on which amount is the lowest. If your business is on the other side of the claim, you’ll need proper legal advice in order to properly handle the situation. This is especially important if the claim against you has been brought in conjunction with other claims such as discrimination.
For legal advice and support, get in touch with Davies and Partners today to discuss how we can assist you when an unfair dismissal goes to tribunal.