Good day bloggers,

There’s a veritable log jam with our current tribunal system as evidenced by an increase of 56% in applications submitted over the last year – according to latest data from the Tribunal Service.  In the past year a total of 236,100 claims were lodged.

Some of this increase reflects our contemporary context – in particular a rise in claims relating to redundancy and redundancy pay…reflecting the age of austerity and the impact on working lives.

Equally, there’s many an employer concerned about the ease with which employees pursue claims through the tribunal system – according to the Tribunal Service over the last year 10,000 applications were struck out by a judge ever before any case was made to a merits hearing.

Statistics of this nature has spurred the Coalition Government to review the system for tribunal applications – it is also likely elements of UK employment law that interface with the tribunal system will be under scrutiny.

To this end Lord Young has been appointed to make recommendations to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) – and will probably see the balance in the relationship between employer and employee swing more to the favour of the former and away from the latter as far as the law is concerned. It appears that one plausible change will be to increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from the current one year to two years.

One of the more radical measures mooted could include a registration fee being levied on all appellants – or even all losing applicants automatically charged with costs if their case is unsuccessful. If such measures were introduced I think it may make the more vexatious applicants reconsider their position.

So, see you in court, or maybe not?

Dean