Tribunals Annual Statistics for 2009-2010 were recently published and show a significant increase in claims submitted to the employment tribunal. The recession is most likely to have been a factor contributing to the increase
The number of employment tribunals claims received was 236,100 in 2009-10, representing an increase of 56% on 2008-09 (though this was largely a result of a rise in multiple claims.) There was an increase of 14% in single claims received by the ET over the year. There was a 17% increase on the previous year for claims associated with unfair dismissal, breach of contract and redundancy. This is likely to be because of the economic recession.
This increase is concerning for all involved including tribunals, employers and employees! Tribunals may come under pressure from a significantly increased work load and cases may become delayed.
Employees are clearly suffering from the impact of the economic recession and the detrimental effect it has had on employers. Employment tribunal proceedings can be complex and costly for all parties involved, and we would suggest that you seek legal advice at an early stage.
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