The Ministry of Justice has released its quarterly Employment Tribunal statistics for April-June 2020, producing some concerning headlines for businesses as a result.

Most notably, the number of single case Employment Tribunals has increased by 18% when compared to the same period in 2019, thus reaching their highest total since 2012/13. Whilst these figures are impacted by rising levels of unemployment and changes to working conditions during the pandemic, it is crucial that employers view the increase as an opportunity for reflection.

An effective starting point for this is to conduct a strategic review of your business’ current situation, evaluating any potential risk factors that may be attached to it. This is advisable for businesses of all sizes, as the threat of an Employment Tribunal is realistic for any organisation, regardless of how many people they employ.

Another concerning statistic has emerged from single case disposals, which have decreased by 21% in comparison to April-June 2019. Therefore, an impending Employment Tribunal claim is likely to take a considerably longer time to resolve than before. In turn, this could be detrimental to business stability, with stress and expense being issues for an extended period.

Whilst the idea of a strategic review may be perceived as laborious for managers and directors, our Employment Tribunal Risk Analysis helps to share the burden. By taking 3 minutes to answer a series of business-specific questions, you will receive a free 30 minute consultation with one of our experts. This provides an opportunity for discussion about any areas of concern, with actionable solutions suggested to avoid escalation into an Employment Tribunal.

The importance of minimising this risk is only strengthened by the summary of claim awards below:

Employment Tribunal Claim Awards

April 2019 to March 2020 (103,973 cases)

Claim TypeMaximum AwardAverage Award
Unfair dismissal£118,842£10,812
Race discrimination£30,330£9,801
Sex discrimination£73,619£17,420
Disability discrimination£265,719£27,043
Age discrimination£243,636£38,794
Sexual orientation discrimination£96,645£27,936
(Ministry of Justice, 2020)

If an unexpected Employment Tribunal claim is impacting your business or you are worried about the prospect of one, our team of experienced solicitors can help. With support that can be provided on a fixed or flexible basis, we strive to deliver tailored guidance through every stage of the tribunal process. Call us on 0345 076 2288 or send us an email to discuss your options.