20 January 2011
Figures show employment tribunals are declining
The number of legal cases brought against employers on the grounds of grievances such as sex discrimination is decreasing, new figures have suggested.
According to official data published recently by the Tribunals Service, some 220,400 new tribunal claims were made in the second quarter of 2010-11, a statistic which represents an 11 per cent rise on the number posted over the corresponding three-month timeframe one year previously.
The organisation, which was created in April 2006 as an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice and provides administrative support to the tribunals' judiciary, attributed this significant increase primarily to social security and child support cases.
However, the number of employment tribunals fell over the same period by a total of eight per cent and Kevin Sadler, chief executive of the body, noted that the efficiency of the process in all areas is improving, which could result in fewer cases being brought about in future.
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Posted by Richard Saunders