Employment Tribunal Claims on the Rise
The latest government statistics have shown that there was a sharp rise in employment tribunal claims in the two months following the abolition of employment tribunal fees.
You may remember that tribunal fees were declared unlawful by the Supreme Court in the summer, as they were found to be a barrier to accessing justice.
It was anticipated that there would be an increase in the number of tribunal claims brought after the abolition of fees as employees would no longer be put off using the tribunal system because of cost.
The latest statistics show that single tribunal claims rose by 64% – this is the highest in four years.
With this figure in mind it is important for employers to take steps to protect their organisation from tribunal claims.
This can include taking such measures as:
- Ensuring you have robust workplace policies in place and that these are clearly communicated to your employees
- Training employees and managers on key workplace matters such as discrimination, harassment and bullying
- Ensuring employee relations issues are identified and dealt with promptly and appropriately
- Making appropriate records to assist you in evidencing what has occurred e.g. documenting disciplinary investigations
- Calling Lloyds for advice on the facts of your case before taking any action
We will keep you updated regarding future developments in tribunal statistics, in the meantime if you have an employment law issue with which we can assist please do not hesitate to contact us as we are happy to help.
Please retain this Legal Update for reference as it forms part of our advice. If you have a query regarding this update, or any other employment law related issue, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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