Employment Tribunal litigation has been on the rise, partly due to the recession causing employers to cut staff numbers with redundancies, say employment law solicitors’ groups and human resources groups.
Did you know for example, that last year there were over 150,000 claims lodged with the Employment Tribunal? The largest proportion, 35%, was for unfair dismissal or claims relating to equal pay. Interestingly, the number of claims relating to redundancy was up 43% on the previous years to almost 11,000. This is almost certainly due to additional pressure on employers caused by the recession, say employment law solicitors.
33% of last year’s claims did not make it to the end of court proceedings at the Employment Tribunal, often being withdrawn when the employee signed a compromise agreement, which is a settlement out of court that employment law solicitors often encourage to save costs and time. A further 32% were settled without the need to go to court through ACAS. Those cases which received a full hearing were only successful 40% of the time, underlining the complexity of employment cases and therefore, the necessity of hiring well qualified and experienced employment solicitors.
Employment law solicitors’ usual advice for employees with a grievance which they are considering taking to the Employment Tribunal is to seek legal advice as soon as possible because there are limitations on filing claims: usually 3 months from the last act that you are complaining about, or from the effective date of termination in cases of dismissal.