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Tribunal tales #2 – tribunal trends

Posted on: April 28th, 2021 by Ginny Hallam

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 risinglatest 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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This update is accurate on the date it was sent (28 April 2021), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.