- a 75% drop in the number of claims from the prior quarter – to be expected given the rush mentioned above
- a 79% drop in the number of claims compared with the same period in 2012
The drop in claims can be broadly seen as good news for employers and bad news for employees. While a reduction in malicious claims and claims purely intended to put pressure on employers is welcome, there are also serious issues over access to justice for employees. Under the new system of Employment Tribunal fees, the cost of bringing a small but still significant claim, such as an unfair deduction from wages, can be as large as the claim itself. Under these circumstances, we are already seeing the lower paid deciding that they will have to give up on recovering money owed, despite the system of fee remission.
If you are an employee who would like advice on bringing an Employment Tribunal claim, or an employer who needs help to defend a claim, then please contact us today to speak to one of our expert employment law solicitors.