Employment Tribunal Claims Fall
The latest Employment Tribunal statistics show a fall in the number of claims as the government proposes to charge claimants.
Statistics for the period from 1st April 2010 to 31st March 2011, published by the Ministry of Justice, show that there was an 8 per cent reduction in Employment Tribunal (ET) claims compared with 2009/2010, although the figure was 44 per cent higher than in 2008/2009.
The general trend towards a reduction in the number of complaints reaching the Employment Tribunal is likely to be more pronounced in the future. This follows the Government’s announcement yesterday that, with effect from 1st April 2012, employees will require two years service rather than just one to pursue the majority of unfair dismissal claims. Additionally, it is proposed to charge an upfront fee of £250 to lodge a claim, with a further £1,000 fee to be paid by the Claimant when the hearing is listed.
The total number of ET claims accepted for 2010/2011 was 218,100 compared with 236,100 in 2009/2010.
Perhaps the most interesting statistic is the number of age discrimination claims lodged in 2010/2011, which was 6,800, a rise of 31 per cent on the 2009/2010 figure of 5,200 and 79 per cent on the 2008/2009 figure of 3,800.
There were also 114,100 claims received relating to the Working Time Directive (up 20 per cent on the previous year), 71,300 claims for unauthorised deductions from wages (down 6 per cent on the previous year) and 105,900 claims associated with unfair dismissal, breach of contract and redundancy (16 per cent fewer than in 2009/2010).
Meanwhile, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has seen a 4% rise in the number of appeals received compared with 2009/2010.
For further advice on employment tribunal claims, contact Kuba Strycharczyk on 01228 552222.
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Published: Monday 3rd October 2011