Operation of employment tribunals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Operation of employment tribunals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  • Key documents
  • Presidential Direction—conversion of final hearings to case management hearings until 29 June 2020
  • FAQs and road map—a gradual increased number of remote and in-person substantive hearings
  • Road map for 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
  • Roadmap for 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023
  • Practice Directions and Presidential Guidance on remote hearings
  • Submitting a claim
  • Service of claim form on respondent
  • Responding to a claim
  • More...

Operation of employment tribunals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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:

  1. issues relating to the submission and service of claims

  2. issues relating to the submission of responses

  3. how best to correspond with the employment tribunal during the pandemic

  4. case management directions

  5. judicial mediations

  6. preliminary hearings for case management

  7. timing and prioritisation of cases

  8. determining the type of hearing

  9. deciding claims without hearings

  10. the composition of employment tribunals at substantive hearings

  11. 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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