Tribunal claims set to rise further in 2018

Kate Hindmarch

More employees are set to seek compensation from their employer for unlawful treatment this year with latest figures showing a surge in cases following the abolition of fees.

Government figures show employment tribunal claims increased by 64 per cent overall in the two months after fees were abolished just over six months ago.

The Supreme Court had ruled that the introduction of tribunal fees in 2013 was unlawful, reducing claims by almost 80 per cent.

Employment law experts at Langleys Solicitors are responding to an increase in enquiries from employers about potential claims against them.

Kate Hindmarch, partner in employment law and an employment tribunal judge, said: “The number of claim enquiries we have received has grown steadily since the fees were abolished last year.

“We expect this trend to continue in 2018 as employees are more willing to pursue claims to settle disputes without the need to find up to £1,200 in fees.”

Langleys’ employment team provides disciplinary and grievance procedures training for employers and HR managers.

Kate added: “Following the correct procedures can help reduce the potential of an employment tribunal claim being brought against an employer and avoid any subsequent dismissal being held as unfair or discriminatory by an employment tribunal.”

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