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Common questions

My employment tribunal deadline is coming up and I am still waiting to hear the outcome of my appeal, what should I do?

The most important thing to do is to make sure you lodge your claim at the Tribunal in 3 months less 1 day from the date the problem first happened.
You should make every effort to go through the procedure, but if it’s going to run over your time limit, you can’t afford to wait before making an application to a tribunal. If you are in this position, you should talk to an experienced adviser at your union or local advice agency.

What if I can’t attend meetings?

If something happens which mean either you or your employer can’t attend the meetings, your employer should arrange an alternative date. You should make every attempt to attend the meetings. Employment tribunals won’t look very kindly on attempts to avoid the procedure - your reason for not attending meetings should be very good and backed up with strong evidence.

My work has access to legal advice, do I need a solicitor?

You might feel disadvantaged if your work has a legal adviser. You can get advice from your union, local advice agency or law centre - but you are not entitled to bring a legal adviser with you to meetings.

Can I raise a grievance after I have left?

Yes you can. If you are thinking of resigning, you should make a complaint before you hand in your notice. If you don't, any compensation you win might be reduced.

Do I need to go through the procedure before bringing a claim at an employment tribunal?

You don’t need to go through the procedure, but you might lose some of compensation you win if you don’t. If you couldn't go through the grievance procedure because of your employer, any compensation you win might be increased.

December 2011

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