Employment Tribunal Cases Continue to Rise

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The Ministry of Justice publishes quarterly statistics for England and Wales in relation to employment tribunal claims. Employment Tribunal fees were abolished from 27th July 2017 following a decision of the Supreme Court and since then each quarter has shown an increase in tribunal claims with the statistics for the period January to March 2018 showing a continuing trend. There was an increase of 118% compared to the same quarter in 2017!

As a result of these massive increases, the Employment Tribunal outstanding caseload has increased by a whopping 89% requiring the Government to have to start recruiting more than 50 new Employment Judges to manage this significantly increased workload.

Over 3,000 new tribunal claims are being issued each month and it is anticipated that this figure will continue to rise.

What does this mean for you, the employer?

Your risk of receiving a claim has more than doubled over the last year alone so it is essential that your disciplinary and dismissal procedures are up to date and legally compliant, as well as other polices and procedures relating to staff issues.

You also need to make sure that your Managers are trained and know how to tackle employee issues in the correct way to ensure that should you receive a claim, you are able to robustly defend it confident in the knowledge that you have acted lawfully and fairly.

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