The Practice Direction (Employment Appeal Tribunal – Procedure) 2008 came into force on 22 May and replaces the 2004 version. The Practice Direction takes into account the Court of Appeal’s guidance in Jurkowska v Hlmad Ltd that the extension of the prescribed time limit by the EAT for submitting a notice of appeal was not an unlawful exercise of its discretion.

The Practice Direction also states that the EAT encourages alternative dispute resolution. An agreed pilot scheme between the EAT and ACAS means that EAT judges may require parties to consider conciliation.