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New measures to improve and simplify employment tribunals

Posted: 18th April 2013   In: Business Employment

The Government has announced new measures designed to simplify and improve the employment tribunal system.

The move follows concerns from employers that tribunal cases are both expensive and time-consuming for them.

The proposals include:

Employment Minister Jo Swinson said: “Employment Tribunals are costly in terms of time, money and stress for everyone and they should always be the last resort, not the first port of call.

“We are committed to finding ways to resolve workplace disputes so they don’t end up with two sides in front of a tribunal. The proposals will help all parties understand what the process involves and what to expect.”

The new rules are expected to come into effect in the summer.

Official figures show that there were 186,300 Employment Tribunals cases between April 2011 and March 2012. It is estimated that employers face average costs of £3,900 and each case costs the tax payer £1,900.

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