Employment Tribunal can serve ET1 claim forms by email during the COVID-19 pandemic

On 3 April 2020 the Presidents of the Employment Tribunals released their responses to a number of FAQs arising from the coronavirus outbreak.

As part of this guidance, the Presidential FAQs confirm that respondents can apply to receive copies of ET1 claim forms by email. This will be useful where, for reasons relating to the pandemic, offices are closed and so ET1s sent in the post to the address provided by a claimant might be missed. If needed, the tribunal can also send copies of ET1s to specific postal addresses.

To benefit from this, employers in England will need to apply to the regional Employment Tribunal office closest to where they employ workers to request that the ET1 is instead sent to an alternative email address. Employers in Scotland or Wales should apply to the tribunal offices in Glasgow and Cardiff, respectively. Where employers have a national presence, they should apply to all the regional tribunal locations where they operate. Further information on Employment Tribunal office locations can be found here.

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Helena Rozman

About Helena Rozman

Helena has experience in acting for both employees and employers covering both contentious and non-contentious work. Helena's experience includes defending Employment Tribunal claims and engaging in settlement negotiations; advising clients on complex disciplinary matters, exit strategies and large restructuring exercises, including TUPE and redundancy; co-ordinating and responding to data subject access requests; advising on the employment implications on business and asset purchases and outsourcing arrangements; project managing and advising clients on multi-jurisdictional projects with our international offices; drafting settlement agreements for exiting employees; advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions and undertaking due diligence; and reviewing contracts, company handbooks and policies.

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