The EAT in Sterling v United Learning Trust has confirmed that an employment tribunal was entitled to reject a claim that was submitted out of time, having initially been rejected due to the Claimant entering the wrong Early Conciliation number. It confirmed that the rules on quoting the EC information must be strictly followed.
The employee submitted her Claim Form four days before the expiry of the limitation period but missed some digits from the EC number. It was returned to her by the tribunal office two days later and upon receipt the employee re-submitted her claim. However, because the tribunal had used an incorrect address there was a delay which led to the claim being re-submitted out of time.