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Employment tribunal claims fall

2 September 2011

On 1 September 2011 the Government announced that the number of employment tribunal claims had fallen by 8 per cent this year compared to 2010.

This will be welcomed by employers, who have seen the amount of claims rise dramatically during the recent economic downturn (claims rose by 56 per cent in 2010).

However, it is not all good news.

Age discrimination claims have risen by 32 per cent. This may be as a result of employers struggling with changes to how and when employees can be retired and is something all employers need to handle with care and claims by part-time workers claiming less favourable treatment have nearly tripled. This is a stark reminder that part-time workers are entitled to the same benefits (pro rata) as full time employees.

Employers should also note that the number of claims is still significantly above 2009 levels, indicating that employees are very aware of their rights and are not afraid to involve the tribunal to enforce them.

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