The Tribunals Service has published its quarterly statistics for the period from 1 July to 30 September 2011. Whilst the report deals with all types of tribunals, our focus has been to review the statistics relating solely to Employment
The statistics show that between July and September 2011, Employment Tribunals received 40,300 cases, a 30% decrease in overall claims to Employment Tribunals, compared with the same quarter of last year. The number of single claims
decreased slightly by 1%, whilst there was a 41% decrease in the number of multiple claims.
Alison Loveday of Berg commented, "The decrease in the number of claims received between July and September 2011 is largely due to the fact that there were a number of Wages Act cases and a large volume of holiday pay claims brought
by employees in the airline industry in the same period in 2010, which "skewed" last year’s statistics. Nonetheless, the report shows that there has been an overall reduction in the volume of single claims received, which should be welcome news for employers.
It has been well-reported that the Government plans to introduce fees to encourage potential claimants to consider carefully the strength of any claim they may have before issuing it in the Employment Tribunal. When combined with
the planned increase of the qualifying period for an employee to bring an unfair dismissal claim from one year to two years service from 6 April 2012, this is likely to result in a further reduction in the number of claims received by Employment Tribunals.
Whilst the change to the qualifying period of service for bringing an unfair dismissal claim is likely to have an impact on both employers and employees, in reality this may only lead to disgruntled employees seeking to rely on
discrimination legislation to bring claims against their employers, as there is no qualifying period of service necessary."
To discuss how we can provide further advice in connection with these issues, please contact Alison Loveday, Managing Partner and Head of Berg Employment, by email to
email@example.com or alternatively you can call Alison on 0161 833 9211.
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