The Ministry of Justice has today released the Employment Tribunal statistics for April to June 2014 and these show a continued reduction in the number of claims being made.
The report states that in the period April to June 2014 the number of single claims (that is claims brought by a single person rather than collective claims brought by more than one person) was 3,792 and this is 70% fewer than the number of claims brought in
the equivalent period in 2013 and around 33% fewer than the number of claims made in January to March 2014.
The downturn in the number of claims follows the introduction last year of the requirement to pay a fee before beginning a Tribunal claim and as we reported in our news alert on 8 September 2014, Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, this week announced
that if elected the next Labour Government would abolish the current Employment Tribunal system. Mr Umunna said that the current system was unfair and unsustainable and he said it had resulted in “prohibitive costs locking people out of the justice”. Many
employers disagree with that view however and it will be interesting to see what changes, if any, the coming 12 months bring.
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