Employment Tribunal Service has recently published its Annual Report for
1999-2000 revealing a significant increase in claims against employers.
total of 103,935 tribunal applications were registered last year compared with
91,913 in 1996/99,
an increase of almost 13%.
dismissal claims remain the most popular type of claim, making up 44,536 (approximately
43%) of the total number of applications. Claims relating to wages are also
significant, rising by a staggering 27% from 16,669 applications in 1998/99 to
21,285 for the year 1999/2000.
forming only a small proportion of the total applications, claims under the
Working Time Regulations have more than tripled since 1998/99. On the
discrimination front, there have also been increases in both race and disability
trends once more demonstrate the increasing need for employers to be aware of employee
rights. The sharp increase in working time claims and the tact that over 350 applications
were registered under the new minimum wage legislation also confirms that employers
need to be up to date with new legislation if they are to avoid becoming another