Claims against employers are on the increase following a ruling that employment tribunal fees are unlawful.
Employment law experts at York and Lincoln based Langleys Solicitors have developed training sessions for employers and HR managers after experiencing a rise in claim enquiries following the Supreme Court’s decision just two months ago.
Tribunal statistics published by the Government showed the introduction of fees in 2013 had reduced claims by almost 80 per cent.
Katherine Sinclair, associate solicitor in the Langleys’ employment team, said: “Since the Supreme Court’s ruling we have received an increase in enquiries from employers about potential claims against them.
“This demonstrates the need for employers to ensure that their managers and their HR teams are fully trained in following disciplinary and grievance procedures so that they are equipped to manage and deliver investigations, hearings and appeals confidently and effectively.
“In addition, following the correct procedures can help reduce the potential risk of subsequent employment tribunal claims being brought against an employer and avoid any subsequent dismissal being held as unfair or discriminatory by an employment tribunal.”
The employment team at Langleys has developed two training sessions for employers and HR managers. One focuses on the carrying out of fair and thorough investigations in a disciplinary context and looks at how to conduct a fair disciplinary procedure while the second covers managing and investigating grievances.
Katherine added: “Managers who deal with disciplinary or grievance investigations, hearings or appeals bear a lot of responsibility and it is important they understand the whole process and the key issues they need to consider. Our training gives them the confidence to deal with these difficult tasks.”
The training sessions can be adapted to reflect a company or organisation’s own disciplinary and grievance policies and procedures or address their experience of common problems which have occurred in the workplace.