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Reasonable misunderstanding of claim form error may justify time extension (News, 29 April 2016)

Reasonable misunderstanding of claim form error may justify time extension (News, 29 April 2016)
Published on: 29 April 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Reasonable misunderstanding of claim form error may justify time extension (News, 29 April 2016)
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Article summary

If an employee makes a mistake on a claim form which means that it is rejected by an employment tribunal (such as incorrectly stating the early conciliation certificate number) and thereafter the time limit for the claim expires while he is labouring under the misunderstanding that he has not made a mistake, that misunderstanding, provided it is reasonable in the circumstances, may justify an extension to the time limit on the basis that it was not reasonably practicable for him to have brought the claim in time. EAT: Adams v British Telecommunications plc. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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