Crisis in the tribunals: the government must act

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The employment tribunal system is in crisis and the government must act now to avoid a meltdown, lawyers say.

New figures show that the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish tribunal fees in July last year has led to a dramatic rise in claims. However, this has put the system under “intense strain” according to employment lawyers, who say there is a serious lack of resources to deal with the rise in claims…

To read the full piece, which appeared in The Times today, see here:

Thanks to all the of employment lawyers who gave me comments for the piece. There are further comments of interest here.

The Employment Lawyers Association has been seeking the views of its members on this issue. Committee members have also been discussing the issue with the President of Employment Tribunals in England & Wales and in Scotland. Look out for an article by Richard Fox, partner at Kingsley Napley, on the subject in the next ELA Briefing.

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