Changes to Employment Tribunal Rules
As of 5 April 2012 the following changes to the EmploymentTribunal Rules announced by the Government in November 2011 willcome into effect:
1. Providing for witness statements to stand as evidence inchief and to be taken as read.
2. Giving Tribunals the power to order a party to paywitness's expenses
3. Increasing the upper limit on deposit costs to £1,000 andcosts orders to £20,000.
The changes will apply to claims issued on or after 6 April2012 and the qualifying period for unfair dismissal increase fromone to two years, however, this will only affect employees whoseemployment starts on or after 6 April 2012.
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