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INSIGHT: Employment claims fall but it’s no time for complacency

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Latest statistics show that the number of Tribunal Claims for the spring summer period has again fallen.  The number of single claims for the latest period published (April-June 2014) show single claims down 70% on the same period last year and a third lower than the previous quarter.

Although claims have fallen employers cannot be complacent, warned Head of Employment, Susan Mayall:

“Employers should still ensure that their employment contractual documents are up to date and that they deal robustly with any employment law issues once they become aware of them to stop problems festering and turning into claims,” she said.

“Compensatory awards are now capped at 12 months salary or circa £76,000 whichever is lower and that is still a substantial sum of money, quite apart from management time and the worry of dealing with employment law issues.”

Susan added that a simple call to solicitors at the outset will give employers options to choose and will handhold them down a clear path to follow.

The Early Conciliation regime, in which all complaints have to be referred to Acas also came into force during this period, but it is too early to determine if this has affected the number of tribunal claims.

The number of multiple claims, those involving numerous complaints against the same employer, was also down to 453, compared with 1,500 in the same period last year.  Multiple claims are particularly volatile since some of the litigation involves claims that need to be resubmitted every quarter and a few large claims can affect figures.

Interesting at their recent party conference the TUC said a Labour Government would ‘scrap’ the tribunal system and replace it with “a fairer system to ensure that affordability is not a barrier to employees seeking redress in the workplace.”  As always watch this space and Pearson Solicitors will keep employers up to date on any changes.

For employment law advice don’t delay , call 0161 785 3500 or contact Susan.mayall@pearsonlegal.co.uk

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