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Surge in unfair dismissal claims to beat fee deadline

Posted: 22nd May 2013   In: Individual Employment

There has been a surge in the number of unfair dismissal claims as people try to avoid tribunal fees which come into effect in the summer.

There were 15,300 claims in the third quarter of last year compared with 10,600 in the previous quarter - a rise of 44%.

It’s thought the sudden increase is due to changes in the tribunal system being phased in this year.

Employees will soon have to pay to bring an unfair dismissal claim to an employment tribunal. Currently, there is no charge for making a claim.

It’s hoped the new fee system will encourage employers and claimants to use mediation or settle a claim through negotiation without having to proceed to a full hearing.

Employment relations minister Jo Swinson said: “We are committed to finding ways to resolve workplace disputes so they don’t end up with two sides in front of a tribunal. Settlement agreements can be a helpful tool and work in the interest of both employer and employee.”

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