Employment Claims: Time Limits
Posted on 28th December 2023 at 14:21
When considering employment claims, it is important to remember that there are specific time limits for bringing claims, including claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, and other employment-related grievances.
These time limits are critical and missing them can result in your claim being dismissed. The time limits for various employment claims are as follows:
If you are claiming unfair dismissal, you generally have three months (minus one day) from the date your employment ended to submit your claim to the employment tribunal. This time limit may be extended by up to one month if you engage in Early Conciliation with ACAS.
(e.g. based on age, race, sex, disability, religion, or sexual orientation): You generally have three months (minus one day) from the date of the discriminatory act to bring a claim to the employment tribunal. This time limit may also be extended by up to one month if you engage in Early Conciliation with ACAS.
For wrongful dismissal claims, which relate to the breach of notice or notice pay, the time limit is generally six years from the date the breach occurred.
Breach of Contract Claims
Claims for breach of contract, such as non-payment of wages or failure to provide benefits promised in your employment contract, generally have a time limit of six years from the date of the breach.
Holiday Pay Claims
Claims for unpaid holiday pay typically have a time limit of two years from the date when the holiday pay should have been paid.
Unlawful Deductions from Wages
Claims for unlawful deductions from wages, such as unauthorised wage deductions, generally have a time limit of three months from the date of the last unauthorised deduction.
Redundancy Pay Claims
Claims for redundancy pay under the Redundancy Payments Act 1965 typically have a time limit of six years from the date of the redundancy.
If you're making a claim under whistleblowing legislation, you generally have three months (minus one day) from the date of the detrimental treatment you experienced as a result of whistleblowing.
Trade Union Claims
Claims related to trade union activities may have specific time limits, which can vary depending on the nature of the claim.
It's crucial to be aware of the specific time limits for your particular claim, as they can vary depending on the type of claim and the circumstances. Early engagement with a solicitor is advisable to ensure you meet the necessary deadlines and to understand the legal procedures and requirements for bringing an employment-related claim.
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