Has your organisation ever faced an employment tribunal? Does the potential cost and resource make you think it is better to settle a claim before it reaches a hearing, even if you have a strong case? This XpertHR survey will investigate employer practice in handling employment tribunals and provide you with valuable benchmarking data.
A recent press notice by law firm EMW said that the employment tribunal system backlog is heading towards breaking point, with cases having almost quadrupled from 144,900 cases in 2007 to 530,400 at the end of 2011. The Government has announced plans to reform the system, including proposals to require all potential tribunal claims to be submitted for conciliation to Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) first. However, EMW is concerned that this would merely move the problem from one part of the system to another. As Employment Principal Louise Holder comments: "Moving where the caseload falls won't help matters: it just moves the bottleneck from one poorly-equipped part of the system to another. Acas already has a backlog of its own, which a wave of new cases will only add to."
Completing this brief, confidential survey will entitle you to a:
- free copy of the report of our findings on Employment Tribunals, as soon as it is published; and
- free copy of the XpertHR guide on Employment Tribunals, as soon as you have completed the questionnaire.
Don't delay: the closing date for this survey is 4 July 2012.