Employment Tribunal President’s Annual Report

Employment Tribunal President’s Annual Report

The Senior President of Tribunal’s produced his Annual Report this week which showed that the last 12 months had been a pressurised period for the Employment Tribunal (“ET”) System due to the unprecedented changes brought about.
Following the introduction of fees on 29 July 2013 appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) are down by one third. However the introduction of the fees has certainly caused issues. In the weeks leading up to the implementation the Tribunal’s experiences a surge in claims being lodged. Subsequently there was a reduction of claims submitted immediately after the fees although the report confirmed levels are slowly rising.
At the date upon which the hearing fees were implemented in England and Wales there were 22171 single claims and 527446 multiple claims waiting to be dealt with. The report suggested that the majority of the multiple claims remaining are Equal Pay cases (mostly public sector) and a considerable volume of cases arising out of insolvencies.
The report indicated that the complexity and nature of claims that are submitted to the ET have not changed however many of the smaller claims are resolved at case management stage without the need to go to Hearing. The average award in
Tribunals have not increased over the years despite the political and business misconception that high awards are a feature of the ET.
Over the next 12 months further changes are expected in relation to Tribunal penalties early ACAS conciliation Employee Shareholder Rights TUPE reforms flexible working for all employees and shared parental leave.
We have certainly seen a reduction in the amount of client’s prepared to take their claim to Hearing following the introduction of the ET fees. ACAS has also indicated that Company’s are less willing to engage in pre-claim settlement as they seem to want to call the employee’s bluff and see if they will pay to issue their claim.
If you feel you may have a claim to submit at an Employment Tribunal please do not hesitate to contact Michael Lewin’s Employment Department. We have several funding options in place and can advise you on the merits of any potential claim.
Written by
Crystal Bolton

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