30% increase in employment tribunal claims in last year

2018-07-20 Jennifer Renney-Butland posted:

30% increase in employment tribunal claims in last year

The number of people bringing an employment tribunal claim in any given week has increased by nearly 30% in the year since July 2017 when fees were declared unlawful, according to figures published by resolution services body the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), increasing from 1,700 per week to 2,200 per week.

Anyone thinking of making an employment tribunal claim has to first notify Acas, and an Acas officer then tries to resolve the dispute without the need for legal action through its free early conciliation service.

Sir Brendan Barber, chair of Acas, said: ‘The number of people deciding to pursue a tribunal claim has definitely increased since the Supreme Court decision to scrap fees.’

The Acas helpline answered 783,000 calls in the last financial year. The top three categories were disciplinary, dismissal and grievance proceedings; contracts; and wages/minimum wage.

The heavy workload for employment tribunals has been under increased spotlight and is causing delays, which is bad news for employers and employees alike.

At Renney and Co we take a pragmatic view and are experienced negotiators, keeping costs down by negotiating a swift settlement where required, minimising stress, and keeping interruptions to business’ trading to a minimum. If you need advice on any employment issue simply call on 01225632240 to speak to one of our experienced solicitors and ask for a complimentary telephone conversation and fixed fee quotation. You can also email us at info@renneyandco.com with any questions.

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