Even though this is the fourth quarter since tribunal fees were removed in July 2017, the statistics show that employment tribunal claims are continuing to increase. That means the threat of being taken to a tribunal by employees, or ex-employees, is as high as ever for employers.
- Single claims are up 165% on the same quarter in 2017.
- Compared to the previous quarter (January-March 2018) there has been a 23% increase in claims.
- 74% of claimants were legally represented in 2017/18.
- The most common claim heard by the tribunal was against unauthorised deductions from wages.
The recent statistics show that new measures on employers could be affecting the types of claims being made. After mandatory gender pay gap reporting was introduced in April 2018, there was a 75% increase in the number of equal pay claims made compared to the previous quarter.
Other significant increases:
- Pregnancy detriment or dismissal – 68% increase
- Sexual orientation discrimination – 120% increase
- National minimum wage – 159% increase
With the cost of a successful tribunal claim averaging £15,000 (on top of any legal fees), it’s more important than ever that employers get the right support to protect their business.
What can employers do?
- Seek legal advice and guidance before taking any action against employees.
- Have the correct documentation in place to support any actions made (such as a deductions agreement before making wage deductions).
Peninsula provides legal advice and documentation to help prevent the risk of being taken to an employment tribunal. If a claim is made against you, we’ll represent you at a fraction of the cost of hiring a lawyer.
Speak to one of our experts today to find out more, or arrange a free consultation below.