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Employment Tribunal Reforms: Good News for Employers?


An Employment Law Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors in Blackburn, Lancashire is welcoming the proposed reforms to the Employment Tribunals system announced today and the effect they will have on businesses.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable have today announced proposed reforms to include:

A fee to lodge a claim
Compulsory mediation in all Tribunal claims
An increase in the level of continuous employment for claims of unfair dismissal from one to two years

Employment Solicitor Jonathan Holden at Forbes said, "The proposed changes are potentially good news for employers. The planned change in unfair dismissal law, meaning that an employee can only claim once they have been employed for two years, could significantly reduce the burden on employers.

The Government estimates this will lead to 3,700 - 4,700 fewer claims being brought to Tribunal. Also, the potential introduction of a fee, provided employers are not subjected to a similar burden, could help to guard against spurious claims, which inevitably cost employers time and money.

At the moment, all an employee needs to do to lodge a claim is to simply fill out an online form which can be done in a matter of 10 minutes. The situation is clearly in need of reform, and I would expect the majority of employers to welcome these proposals"

For further information on Employment Tribunal Reforms or an employment related matter for your business, please visit or call the Employment Law team at Forbes Solicitors on freephone 0800 037 4628


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