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MPs call for employment tribunal time limit to be doubled

Published 14th September 2017

MPs have called for the current three-month time limit to bring certain employment tribunal claims to be extended in order to add fairness.

Speaking in parliament yesterday, Mike Penning, Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead and former minister in the Ministry of Justice, argued that the time limit should be extended to six months to offer more flexibility to those who had left employment under difficult circumstances.

At present, claims for unfair dismissal must be brought within three months of being dismissed unless the judge decides it was ‘not reasonably practicable’ for the ex-employee to have filed by that deadline. The time limit is also three months for discrimination claims, but the test applied by the judge is whether it is ‘just and equitable’ to extend the time limit.

Claims for redundancy pay and equal pay already have a longer time limit of six months.

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