The Law Society has given its support to a campaign urging the Government to extend time limits for tribunal claims. The time limit for bringing an Employment Tribunal (ET) claim is currently three months. This can be extended for a period of time while parties engage in early conciliation via ACAS, which effectively “stops the clock” on limitation.
Calls by the Law Commission to double the time limit from three to six months are intended to help alleviate some of the pressure on the Employment Tribunals. They argue that a longer time limit will allow more time for settlement negotiations to take place before a claim is formally lodged. The hope is also that the extension will help self-represented claimants who often find themselves out of time to submit a claim.