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Employment tribunal quarterly statistics for April to June 2018

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Employers need to take head as Employment Tribunal claims have increased over the past year now fees have been scrapped.

The Ministry of Justice has published the employment tribunal quarterly statistics for the period April to June 2018. During this period, single claim receipts, disposals and outstanding caseload all increased by comparison with the same period in 2017 (by 165%, 56% and 130% respectively).

Receipts in multiple claims increased by 344% (due to a large airline claim) while disposals fell by 13%, leading to a 34% increase in caseload outstanding.

Before the tribunals and EAT, 74% of claimants were represented by a lawyer in 2017/18 compared with 86% in 2016/17. In contrast, 17% of claimants had no representative in 2017/18, up from 9% in 2016/17.

"This increase in claims being issued emphasises the importance of employers taking legal advice regarding employment law matters when issues arise," warned employment solicitor, Susan Mayall.  "When I speak with businesses and firms I work for I advise them to seek to resolve matters internally and avoid employees and workers issuing claims to the Employment Tribunal, which is now so much easier for disgruntled employees to do due to there now being no issue fees to pay."

Source: Ministry of Justice: Tribunals and gender recognition statistics quarterly – April to June 2018 (13 September 2018).

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