The Tribunals Service reports that employment tribunal claims increased 56% over the past year. It is not unusual for claims to rise during a downturn — as workers are laid off or made redundant, and face other problems in the workplace due to increased pressure/tension — but the report suggests that the increase is also down to a rise in the number of so-called “multiple claims”.
- “Multiple claims” occur where two or more people bring cases, involving one or more claims (e.g., unfair dismissal, race discrimination, etc) usually against a single employer but not necessary so, for instance in cases involving business transfers and takeovers, and always arising out of the same or very similar circumstances. As a multiple, the cases are processed together.
Increase/decrease in claims by type between 2008-9 and 2009-10
|Working Time Directive||
|Unauthorised deductions from pay||
|Transfer of an undertaking – failure to inform and consult||
|Redundancy – failure to inform and consult||
|Breach of contract||
|Written pay statement||
|Written statement of terms and conditions||
|Discrimination on grounds of religion or belief||
|Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation||
|Pregnancy-related dismissal or detriment||
|Written statement for dismissal||
|National minimum wage||
|Part time worker regulations||
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