Quarterly employment tribunal statistics have been released for April to June 2020. They show that:
- Single employment tribunal claims have increased by 18% in April to June compared to the same time last year.
- The most common employment tribunal complaint is unfair dismissal.
- In 2019/20, age discrimination claims received the largest average award (£39,000) compared to other discrimination jurisdictions. The highest maximum award in 2019/20 was for disability discrimination, at £266,000.
What could this mean for employers?
These statistics show that even whilst times are difficult for many employers it’s still important to be aware of employment law. The employment tribunal statistics show that employees are willing and able to make tribunal claims where they see it as necessary, particularly when it comes to unfair dismissal. So, what sort of steps can you take to help protect your organisation?
- If you think you might need to make redundancies, it’s important to plan ahead and ensure you are aware of the steps that are involved to avoid inadvertently falling foul of the law. Redundancies can be a tricky and often stressful area for employers so it’s important to get support from the outset. Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd can provide practical advice on your circumstances from the planning stage and throughout the process.
- Things are moving particularly rapidly at the moment and it’s important that employers stay alert to any measures that could help or impact the organisation such as the coronavirus holiday regulations and government support to help employers such as the forthcoming Job Support Scheme.
- It’s important to ensure that managers have a basic awareness of employment law rights and how to appropriately manage common employment law matters. This can help to reduce the risk that mistakes will be made which could lead to employment tribunal claims.
- Ensuring that managers and employees are appropriately trained in relation to matters such as discrimination and harassment can reduce the likelihood that such incidents will occur. In the unfortunate event that an issue, such as harassment, does arise training can empower managers to spot the problem quickly and manage the situation correctly.
- Keep appropriate records. This will help you to evidence what has taken place in the event of a dispute with an employee. Should the matter reach tribunal, records that you have acted correctly can make the difference between winning and losing a case.
- Contact Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd for advice on the facts of your case before taking any action. Remember, we are here to help.
If you have an employment law matter you would like assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact us.