Employment Tribunals triple during second quarter

Employment Tribunals triple during second quarter

According to the latest statistics, the number of Employment Tribunal claims lodged with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) tripled during the three months between and April and June.

The statistics from the MoJ show that the number of receipts for single claims more than doubled compared to the same quarter in 2017, while receipts for multiple claims more than quadrupled during the same period, largely thanks to a multiple airline claim.

There were 42,700 multiple claims received over the quarter, up 344 per cent on the same period last year, with over 23,000 of those claims received in relation to one employer.

The sustained rise in claims lodged since the abolition of Tribunal fees in July 2017 has led to increased caseloads for the justice system. For single claims, the outstanding caseload rose by 130 per cent, while for multiple claims that was 34 per cent.

This has prompted the MOJ to move to expand its department with more than 50 new employment judges being bought in to tackle the rise in cases.

The statistics also revealed that since the launch of the Employment Tribunal refund scheme in June this year, there have been 14,500 applications for refunds and 12,400 made. Refunds given so far have a total value of just over £10.6 million, with a large majority of these going to single claimants.

In terms of awards, disability discrimination claims attracted the highest compensation payouts, with an average award of £30,700. During the 2017/18 period under review, one disability discrimination case attracted an award of £242,000.

Most claims lodged in the three months to the end of June were for equal pay, totalling 7,972 cases and up 33 per cent on the same quarter in 2017. Unfair dismissal accounted for 4,801 claims, up 34 per cent. Unauthorised deduction of wages continues to attract a large number of claims, with 4,273 received in the quarter to the end of June.