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Employment judges to sit alone to hear unfair dismissal claims

Employment judges will be able to sit alone to hear unfair dismissal claims from 6th April. This is a significant change. Currently unfair dismissal claims are heard by a panel of three – an employment judge who is legally qualified and experienced in employment law, and two lay people. Normally one of the lay people is nominated by the CBI and the other by the TUC, so the panel is representative of the views of both employers and employees. Although concerns are being expressed about the change, it is being introduced to allow a quicker resolution of claims and to reduce the costs of running the employment tribunal system.

Employment judges already sit alone on case management discussions and to hear certain types of claim such as unlawful deductions from wages and holiday pay.

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