Further changes to employment tribunals

Since the 1960s the employment tribunal system has aimed to make employment claims speedier than other matters that come through the court by keeping the tribunal system separate and more informal. However, the Confederation of British Industry has spoken out to say that the system is failing and not offering a real alternative to businesses, with many businesses opting to settle out of court even if they have a chance of winning. The CBI wants to bring in a number of changes to strengthen the tribunals again and make them less like the courts. They have proposed that the business department take on administrative responsibility from the justice ministry, as well as tribunal administrators having more of an incentive to not cancel hearings at the last moment. The government has already taken some steps to improve the system which includes imposing a fee of up to £1,200 and a new measure whereby staff are give shares in return for giving up their employment rights. Both of these are likely to decrease the number of cases coming to the tribunal with fewer time waster cases. The government has also said, “There are alternatives to tribunals, and we will be introducing new measures next year, so that they are not the automatic route for everyone to resolve workplace disputes.” The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.  Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with employment solicitors in Maidstone and across the country.