The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seriously disrupted the operational capabilities of the employment tribunals.
This Practice Note looks at the key documents, including Practice Directions, Presidential Guidance, a FAQs document and a related ‘road map’, which all detail the steps being taken by employment tribunals in response to the unique challenges caused by the pandemic. It then goes on to look at the impact and guidance specifically available on:
issues relating to the submission and service of claims
issues relating to the submission of responses
how best to correspond with the employment tribunal during the pandemic
case management directions
preliminary hearings for case management
timing and prioritisation of cases
determining the type of hearing
deciding claims without hearings
the composition of employment tribunals at substantive hearings
judgments and written reasons
The determination of which type of hearings is appropriate and practicalities of conducting both in-person and remote hearings are dealt with in Practice Note: Employment tribunal hearings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
For information on the operation of the Employment Appeal Tribunal during the pandemic, see Practice Note: Operation of the Employment Appeal Tribunal during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A timeline of the various developments relating to Presidential Directions and Presidential and other guidance relating the conduct of proceedings in employment tribunals can be found in Timeline of
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