Tribunal Reforms: Cable of Good News for Employers?


27 January, 2011

An Employment expert at Forbes Solicitors is welcoming the proposed reforms to the Employment Tribunals system announced today and the effect they will have on businesses.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable have today announced proposed reforms to include:

  • A fee to lodge a claim
  • Compulsory mediation in all Tribunal claims
  • An increase in the level of continuous employment for claims of unfair dismissal from one to two years

Jonathan Holden, Employment Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors comments, "The proposed changes are potentially good news for employers. The planned change in unfair dismissal law, meaning that an employee can only claim once they have been employed for two years, could significantly reduce the burden on employers. The Government estimates this will lead to 3,700 4,700 fewer claims being brought to Tribunal. Also, the potential introduction of a fee provided employers are not subjected to a similar burden could help to guard against spurious claims, which inevitably cost employers time and money. At the moment, all an employee needs to do to lodge a claim is to simply fill out an online form which can be done in a matter of 10 minutes. The situation is clearly in need of reform, and I would expect the majority of employers to welcome these proposals."

For further information on this or any other Employment related matter please contact Jonathan Holden or any of the Employment Solicitors on 0800 689 0831 or by email here.


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