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employment tribunal claims see 15% fall

6 July 2012

The Ministry of Justice has published its annual employment tribunal statistics for the period up to 31 March 2012.

  • There were a total of 186,300 claims, representing a 15% decrease on the previous year. Single claims fell by 2% while there was a reduction of 19% in multiple claims.
  • unfair dismissal claims have fallen from 47,900 to 46,300
  • The number of claims disposed of reached 110,800, representing a 10% decrease on the previous year.
  • Of the claims disposed of by the employment tribunals: 12% were successful, 33% were the subject of Acas settlements and 27% were withdrawn.

This drop in figures is likely to come as relief to employers. Whether claims continue to drop remains to be seen, with the introduction of two years’ service to qualify for unfair dismissal, employees may look to bring discrimination or whistleblowing claims which are generally lengthier in duration.

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