- Increasing the qualifying period for employees to be able to bring a claim for unfair dismissal from one to two years;
- Requiring all claims to be lodged with ACAS in the first instance to allow pre-claim conciliation to be offered. This also includes introducing settlement offers to encourage parties to make reasonable offers of settlement;
- Speeding up the tribunal process by extending the jurisdictions where judges would sit alone to include unfair dismissal, introducing legal officers to deal with certain case management functions and taking witness statements as read; and
- Providing Employment Tribunals with a range of more flexible case management powers so that weaker cases can be dealt with in a way that does not mean disproportionate costs for employers.
This was first published in February 2011