Employment tribunal claims in April to June 2020 have reached their highest level in ten years. Halborns’ tribunal advocate, George Miller, provides his take on the rise in tribunal claims.
“The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in changes to the litigation climate in the following ways:
- High unemployment and little disposable income means ex-employees may be more likely to use tribunal claims to secure compensation or a cash settlement. Tribunals aren’t a route to quick cash – hearings are now being listed in 2022 meaning individuals using the tribunal service to secure immediate gain will be disappointed;
- Tribunal compensation is largely based on how quickly an individual has found employment elsewhere (‘mitigated their losses’). A tougher job market makes it harder for employees to mitigate their losses meaning the value of claims at employment tribunal is rising along with exposure to significant tribunal awards;
- We’re seeing an increase in lower value claims for notice pay or unpaid wages. Time invested and legal fees can often outweigh the value of these claims.”
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