Employment tribunal figures

Published on July 4, 2013 by Fiona Sanderson

Employment tribunal figures

The figures for last year’s employment tribunals have recently been released.
These numbers indicate that the amount of work-related court cases has increased by 3%. Accepted claims jumped to 191,541 in 2012/2013, however there was variance in the types of claims submitted.

There were, for example, drops in the amount of age discrimination claims; they were down by 24%. Also, claims against failing to inform/consult on TUPE transfers (where businesses are taken over by new employers) were down by 39%. Unfortunately, there has been a 74% increase in sex discrimination claims, and a 39% increase in failure to inform/consult on redundancy claims.

In the first quarter of this year, the number of claims received has increased by 36% compared with the first quarter of last year.  Over a third of this year’s claims are made up of working time claims. Unauthorised deductions and unfair dismissal are amongst the highest percentages of claims made. These early statistics may be a sign that this year’s figures may beat last year’s.

Is it due to current economic factors that more workers are being mistreated by employers, or is it a worry for businesses that employees feel easier about taking incidents to court?

Read more of the figures here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/207857/tribunal-stats-q4-2013.pdf

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Written by Fiona Sanderson

Fiona is Marketing Manager at myhrtoolkit. Her areas of expertise include HR systems, productivity, employment law updates, and creating HR infographics.

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