Claims to Employment Tribunals are on the increase and are taking longer to be dealt with.
The 2009-2010 Annual Statistics for the Tribunals Service were published at the end of June.
Key findings include:
- a 56% increase from 2008/09 in claims to Employment Tribunals;
- a 17% increase in the number of tribunal claims associated with unfair dismissal, breach of contract and redundancy;
- more than 400,000 claims to Employment Tribunals remaining outstanding;
- a notable drop, from 74% to 65%, in the number of Employment Tribunal claims in which the first hearing took place within 26 weeks of the claim being received.
Given the above figures it is becoming increasingly important for employers to take early action to safeguard against being the subject of potentially lengthy and costly claims.