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Employment Tribunals Act 1996

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39 Parliamentary staff.E+W+S

(1)This Act has effect in relation to employment as a relevant member of the House of Lords staff or a relevant member of the House of Commons staff as it has effect in relation to other employment.

(2)Nothing in any rule of law or the law or practice of Parliament prevents a relevant member of the House of Lords staff or a relevant member of the House of Commons staff from bringing before an [F1employment tribunal] proceedings of any description which could be brought before such a tribunal by a person who is not a relevant member of the House of Lords staff or a relevant member of the House of Commons staff.

(3)For the purposes of the application of this Act in relation to a relevant member of the House of Commons staff—

(a)references to an employee shall be construed as references to a relevant member of the House of Commons staff, and

(b)references to a contract of employment shall be construed as including references to the terms of employment of a relevant member of the House of Commons staff.

(4)In this Act “relevant member of the House of Lords staff” means any person who is employed under a contract of employment with the Corporate Officer of the House of Lords.

(5)In this Act “relevant member of the House of Commons staff” has the same meaning as in section 195 of the M1Employment Rights Act 1996; and (subject to an Order in Council under subsection (12) of that section)—

(a)subsections (6) and (7) of that section have effect for determining who is the employer of a relevant member of the House of Commons staff for the purposes of this Act, and

(b)subsection (8) of that section applies in relation to proceedings brought by virtue of this section.

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F1Words in s. 39(2) substituted (1.8.1998) by 1998 c. 8, s. 1(2)(a) (with s. 16(2)); S.I. 1998/1658, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

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