employment tribunals

Employment Tribunal Reforms Won’t Deter Weak Claims

Government reforms of the employment tribunal system are “too timid” and won’t do enough to deter employees from making weak claims, the Institute of Directors (IoD) has warned. During a consultation on the proposed reforms, which closed on the 20th April, the IoD said that the planned changes would not result in a significant reduction of claims. The Government proposals include increasing the qualifying period for employees to be able to bring a claim for unfair dismissal from one to two years, requiring all claims to be lodged with Acas’ Pre-claim conciliation service (although either party can refuse to go through the conciliation process), and introducing fees for users of employment tribunals. IoD spokesman, Edwin Morgan, said that the Government would need to go further with the ref... »

Delays in Employment Tribunals cost the UK millions

British businesses are losing more than £2.6 million a week in lost time due to increasingly lengthy tribunal cases, employment law experts estimate. Managers or business owners involved in tribunals are suffering more and more stress and distractions as employment tribunals take longer and longer to reach court during the recession. Employment law experts ELAS estimate that the extra delays are equivalent to a six% increase on the time lost last year. Their study comes after the Tribunals Service admitted seeing a sharp rise in the number of cases which fail to even have a single court hearing within 6 months of a complaint being accepted. ELAS is now calling for the Tribunal Service to accelerate the rate at which cases are being heard in an attempt to protect the economy’s fledgling rec... »