Editor's message: For a number of years now, claimants wishing to pursue a claim in the employment tribunal have been required to pay a fee to issue a claim and a further fee if the claim proceeds to a final hearing. The level of fee payable depends on the nature and complexity of the claim. Since the introduction of fees the number of tribunal claims being pursued has fallen dramatically and internal dispute resolution procedures have assumed greater importance.
The Tribunal Service’s annual statistics highlight the dramatic nature of the fall in claims. The number of unfair dismissal claims fell from 49,036 in 2012/13 to 13,000 in 2015/16. The number of claims for redundancy pay fell from 12,748 to 3,845 in the same period.
Other changes include the launch of a database of online employment tribunal decisions in England, Wales and Scotland. Employment tribunal decisions were not previously available online.
Jeya Thiruchelvam, senior employment law editor
Updated to include information on the EAT decision in Commissioners for HM Revenue & Customs v Garau on early conciliation certificates.
In this podcast, XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman casts light on Polkey v AE Dayton Services Ltd, which established the Polkey principle in cases of unfair dismissal.
Updated to include the increase in compensation limits in cases of unfair dismissal, effective from 6 April 2017.
Updated to reflect the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal effective from 6 April 2017.
Police in Scotland have been informed about a serial job applicant who threatens to launch legal action if he is not invited to interview.
We discuss the key employment law trends and changes that are affecting the HR landscape, including: gender pay gap reporting; the Trade Union Act 2016; public-sector exit payments and employment status.
Updated to include information on the Government's response to the consultation on employment tribunal reform.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employment tribunals and courts.