05 October 2009
Employment tribunal figures misleading, expert says
The year-on-year decrease in employment tribunal cases is misleading and should not be a reason for companies to become complacent.
This is the view of employment law editor for XpertHR Stephen Simpson, who told Personnel Today that when multiple claims are discounted, there was actually a 15 per cent rise in the number of cases filed.
Figures released by the Tribunal Services last week showed that there was a 20 per cent fall in the number of claims accepted in 2008-09 when compared to the previous 12-month period, with 151,000 being processed.
However, Mr Simpson noted that there had been a sharp increase in redundancy and unfair dismissal claims, meaning "employees are putting keeping their jobs ahead of worrying about how much they are paid".
He added that employers need to ensure that they are "particularly vigilant" when it comes to avoiding discrimination when making workers redundant, as compensation can be "unlimited" if a case is successfully brought by a former employee.