With the uncertainty that 2019 is set to bring and Employment Tribunal claims being at a 5 year high, there has never been a better time to ensure that your legal employment support is in hand.
Each quarter, the Ministry of Justice publishes the number of Employment Tribunal claims. In December 2018, the figures report a 5 year high*. The reason for this must be linked to the abolition of Employment Tribunal claim fees in July 2017. In 2017, we saw over 23,000* single cases brought. Now the deterrent of the Employment Tribunal claim fee is no more, employees are wise to the fact, and claims have been progressively increasing.
The Ministry of Justice are yet to publish statistics for the final quarter of 2018, but January to September alone last year saw almost 29,000* single case claims brought, which already makes it the highest year since before the introduction of fees. With nearly 16,000* of those claims being Unfair Dismissal, employers are advised to tread carefully to avoid being one of the recipients of a claim. The time, stress and expense of an Employment Tribunal is best avoided at all costs.
As we face a period of uncertainty (let’s not mention the B word), where even large-scale corporate companies face sale, closure, or restructuring, there is concern also from small and medium-sized business. As a business owner with any number of employees, it is inevitable that you will find yourself apprehensive about what the future might bring. The added complexity and ever-changing nature of employment law, can make the prospect of having to restructure, or make other changes to your business, daunting and risky. This is where we can help.
Through joining our Employment Law Package, we can help you start thinking about future proofing your business, as well as avoiding Employment Tribunal claims. We provide the peace of mind and employment law advice for all eventualities.
Please get in touch with the Employment team if you would like to know more about the Employment Law Package and our other employment law services.
*Figures from Ministry of Justice Employment Tribunal Statistics published 13 September 2018 and 13th December 2018