MOJ releases employment tribunal figures – but is the fall all it appears?

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DSM Legal solicitors respond to the latest employment tribunal statistics from the Ministry of Justice which have revealed a 15 per cent drop in the overall number of claims, positive figures for employees in a variety of sectors.

Figures in the Annual Tribunal Statistics 2011/2012 release showed that between April 1st 2011 and 31st March 2012 employees made a total of 186,300 tribunal claims, which is an overall fall of 15 per cent compared to the year previous.

However, the report also showed that while single claims were down two per cent, there had also been a six per cent drop in disposals – and with small and medium sized businesses the ones most likely to face these kinds of claims, smaller companies are actually facing a net rise of four per cent in the number of tribunals brought against them.

Other key findings of the report showed that claims for sex discrimination fell by 8,500 compared to last year, and that the number of tribunals made for race discrimination, age discrimination and unfair dismissal also fell, which is positive news for employees and could suggest that recent employment legislation on discrimination is helping to improve peoples’ working lives.

In reaction to these figures, Diane Massey of DSM Legal Solicitors said: “It is positive that overall numbers of employment tribunal claims are falling, and we are pleased to see that staff appear to be happier in their job roles, and less likely to suffer discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability or anything else. However, surveys such as this fail to take into account the impact that employment disputes can have on family run small businesses and micro firms. Employment tribunals can also have more of an emotional impact at a smaller level, as employees are more likely to have close working relationships and could have been with a firm for a lengthy period of time.”

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