30 January, 2015
The Ministry of Justice has recently released statistics for Employment Tribunals from April to June 2014. The statistics demonstrate the ongoing trend in a drop in Tribunal claims generally. They report a drop of 70% compared with the same period in 2013.
Also, there has been a drop of one third in the last quarter (from January to March 2014). It is likely that this is in arge part due to the introduction of Pre-claim Conciliation on 6 May 2014.
Whilst this may herald a lesser burden for employers in that the statistical likelihood of a Tribunal claim has now decreased employers, nevertheless need to be aware and careful in dealing with any employment issues in the workplace. With a general trend for claims to decrease, there is a worry that Employment Tribunals will look even more favourably on claims brought by employees within the present climate.
In addition, the Employment Tribunal does have the power to order an employer to pay for the Claimants fees in the event of a successful Tribunal claim. Given that those fees can be in excess of £1,000.00 it is important that employers remain vigilant and alive to this issue.
It is also worth noting Labour's pledge to review the Tribunal system if they win the election in 2015. Coupled with the fact that the Trade Union, Unison, are currently challenging the legality of fees via the court system, it is likely that Tribunal fees may not stay at the present level for long.
For further information please contact Jonathan Holden by email or on 01772 220396.