• Suzanne McMinn
  • 26 August 2015

Employment Tribunal claims down drastically

Recent reports have drawn attention to a drastic reduction in the number of claims that are being brought by workers to Employment Tribunal. 

The Government will be pleased. New legislation came into force in July 2013 – part of a raft of policies to cut so-called red tape – which required anyone bringing a claim against their employer to pay a fee in most cases.

Since then, ET claim numbers have plunged, down 63% in a year in the North East, and 50% in Wales. The pattern across Britain is the same: 360,820 claims made in the year prior to fees being introduced, down by 62% to 135,845 the year after.

One of the services we provide at International Workplace is employment relations advice and support, and so we’ve experienced the impact of these changes for ourselves.

Since the introduction of tribunal fees we’ve certainly noticed a significant reduction in the number of tribunal cases that we are dealing with for our clients.

However, this year has seen a spike in the level of litigation and the complexity of the cases being brought through the tribunal courts. With the increase of restructures and redundancy exercises this brings an greater risk of unfair dismissal cases linked with redundancy dismissals, many of which have been linked with claims of discrimination which heightens the risk and complexity to defend.

So while it’s certainly true to say that the overall numbers of ET claims have dropped, if anything the complexity of the claims that are brought is probably higher than ever.

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