The changing face of Employment Tribunal litigation

Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show that the Employment Tribunals received 79% (or 9,801) fewer claims in the period October to December 2013 than in the corresponding period in 2012. It is safe to assume that the main reasons for this dramatic drop can be found in the equally dramatic changes that have been, and are being, made in relation to the Tribunal process.

These changes are creating a more employer-friendly business environment, introducing greater obstacles for employees to bring unmeritorious or vexatious claims and reducing the risk to employers when dealing with problematic or underperforming employees. Those employees who may previously have lodged claims merely to inconvenience an employer or force a favourable settlement are now less likely to use the Tribunal system for tactical leverage.

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