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Claims against employers increase

The Employment Tribunal Service has recently published its Annual Report for 1999-2000 revealing a significant increase in claims against employers.

A total of 103,935 tribunal applications were registered last year compared with 91,913 in 1996/99, an increase of almost 13%.

Unfair 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.

Although 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 discrimination applications.

These 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 ET statistic.

August 2000




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