Employment Tribunal Statistics and Reform

blog-publish-date

11 Nov 2014

blog-read-duration

New figures released today by the Ministry of Justice reveal a 71% drop in employment tribunal claims compared with the same period in 2013.* The publication of the statistics follows the announcement by Shadow Business Secretary, Chukka Umunna, on Monday that the Labour Party would scrap the current employment tribunal system. Commenting on the decline in tribunal claims and the possibility of tribunal reform, Richard Smith, Head of HR, says: “The current Coalition Government predicted a reduction in employment tribunal (ET) claims of between 25-40% when it introduced tribunal fees; in fact as the statistics show, the reduction has been almost twice the upper prediction: 71%. “Many employers will see this as positive news; however we believe that the introduction of tribunal fees has meant that good cases are not being presented due to the cost of litigation, which is evident by the sharp reduction in the number of claims. “Wolters Kluwer welcomes measures that have reduced frivolous and timewasting complaints brought to pressure employers into making payments to save the time and hassle of dealing with proceedings. However, it is important that good employers are protected from unfair competition from bad employers who do not respect worker rights. An effective remedy requires access to justice and the inability to pursue claims due to cost allows the bad employer to get away with abuses and to undercut the good employer. “Wolters Kluwer thinks that an easing of the levels of fees in general, more generous exceptions for lower paid/unwaged claimants and fees that better reflect the value of the claim sought/awarded – e.g. a percentage rather than fixed costs would mitigate the overshoot over the reduction in Tribunal claims. “We note that Chukka Umunna has promised reform, not repeal, of ET fees and would welcome a sensible dialogue to ensure that a balanced outcome between the requirement to deter weak claims while affording access to justice is found.”   *HMCTS tribunals recorded 74,400 receipts in the period April to June 2014. This is 71% lower than the same period of 2013, and the lowest receipts since this statistical series began in 2008/09. Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunal-statistics-quarterly-april-to-june-2014

Free to Download Employer Resources

  • Pay Awards & Forecast (September 2018)

    FREE DOWNLOAD

    Pay Awards & Forecast (September 2018...

    Read Croner Reward's expert settlement and forecast report for September 2018

    Read more
  • Sample Health & Safety Policy Statement

    FREE DOWNLOAD

    Sample Health & Safety Policy Stateme...

    Here we’ve included a free sample Health & Safety Policy Statement that UK business owners can refer to.

    Read more
  • Pay Awards & Forecast (June 2018)

    FREE DOWNLOAD

    Pay Awards & Forecast (June 2018)

    Read Croner Reward's expert Settlements and Forecasts report for June 2018

    Read more
  • How Much Does Employee Turnover Cost Your Business?

    BLOG

    How Much Does Employee Turnover Cost ...

    A recent Glassdoor survey revealed that almost 35% of hiring professionals expec...

    Read more
  • Staff Turnover: What Do You Need to Know?

    BLOG

    Staff Turnover: What Do You Need to K...

    Having a high worker turnover can have mean two things: A negative impact on you...

    Read more
  • What is Wrongful Dismissal?

    BLOG

    What is Wrongful Dismissal?

    If you breach an employee’s contract, you could be liable for wrongful dismissal...

    Read more
  • bemrose-school-derby

    CASE STUDY

    Bemrose School Derby

    “Having Croner-i saves us a lot of time and money, as we do not have to use cred

    Read more
  • wmtr

    CASE STUDY

    WMTR

    “I’d definitely recommend the Croner OnSite services and I have done already, I

    Read more
  • certikin

    CASE STUDY

    Certikin

    “Our Distribution Manager had a particularly technical query relating to respira

    Read more

Ready to focus on what you do best?

Get your free consultation and speak to an expert today.