Employment tribunal claims continue to increase by 25% on the previous year. Here’s Halborns’ take on why claims are on the increase and trends in the type of claim we’re seeing.
Claims still rising – latest figures show the Tribunal Service receiving 25% more cases compared to the same period in the previous year (October to December). This is likely to be a result of the increase in unemployment at the end of last year. With the end of furlough over the coming months (and presumably a spike in redundancies) we’re likely to see further increases to the number of claims issued.
Trends in types of claim – as you’d expect, we’re seeing more and more claims issued in respect of redundancies. In particular, claims focus on unfair scoring practices when redundant employees are pooled for selection.
Tribunal backlog – with the increase in cases comes an ever-growing backlog of cases for tribunals to deal with. Although many more tribunal hearings are taking place remotely, the Tribunal Service caseload is at an all-time high. It’s currently not unheard of for tribunal claims to take two years to reach a hearing.
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