In-house legal teams and employers who choose to conduct their own tribunals, or who need to check the rules, should be aware that HM Courts and Tribunals Service and BIS have published The Employment Tribunals Rules of Procedure 2013 (as amended) which updates the original rules by incorporating amending legislation up to and including 17 February 2015. As a consolidated documented it is a ‘handy-to-have’ point of reference, but as the introduction warns, its accuracy is not guaranteed and should not be relied upon; therefore for the definitive Rules, users should refer to the original statutory instruments. Within this context, S.151 of the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act gives the Secretary of State the power to introduce regulations limiting the number of hearing postponements or adjournments available to a party. S.151 came into force on 26 March 2015 and once the necessary regulations are passed, they will amend the employment tribunal rules on postponement.
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