A rise in the number of cases taken to employment tribunals could be partially explained by the recession.
This is according to employment law editor at XpertHR Susie Munro, who told Personnel Today that the poor economic conditions seen in the UK of late may have contributed to the trend.
She added that the large quantity of multiple claims submitted last year has also impacted on the figures.
"The ... rise in the number of claims received by the employment tribunals is clearly going to have an impact on how long it takes for cases to be dealt with," the expert added.
Her comments came after the Tribunals Service - which was created in 2006 and is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice - revealed there was a 56 per cent increase in the number of claims accepted by employment tribunals.
This was said to bring the total to 236,100, which is the highest level on record.
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