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Employment Tribunal Claims Still Rising

The latest tribunal statistics have just been released for the period October to December 2018. They show that there was a 23% increase in the number of single claims received by employment tribunals compared to the same period in 2017.

It’s also taking longer for cases to be resolved at tribunal with the mean age of disposal rising to 30 weeks.

Unauthorised deductions from wages was the most common complaint in this quarter whereas in the same period in 2017 it was unfair dismissal.

Whilst the number of claims is increasing, there are some measures all organisations can take to reduce the risk of facing a successful employment tribunal claim.

These are:

  • Making sure you have legally compliant contracts of employment in place which meet the needs of your organisation
  • Ensuring your employees and managers are appropriately trained
  • Seeking employment law advice on the facts of your situation before taking action in relation to an employee
  • Keeping appropriate records to enable you to evidence your position in case an employment tribunal claim is made

When it comes to deductions from wages it’s important to be aware that employers are only lawfully permitted to make deductions from wages in certain circumstances, such as where it is permitted by statute or there is an appropriate contractual clause or agreement in place before the action that gives rise to the deduction occurs. Before deducting money from employees, it’s important to seek advice on the facts of your case.

If you have any employment law issues with which you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd as we are happy to help.