Daily Mirror - 29 July 2019
Workers taking their bosses to the an employment tribunal are being forced to wait an average of eight months - just to have their case heard.
Some claims raised are not expected to be heard until 2021, as waiting times increased for the forth year in a row.
The increasing pressure comes since fees for taking a case to a tribunal were abolished in 2017, according to employment law firm GQ|Littler.
The abolition of fees led to a sharp rise in claims at a time when tribunals were already having to cope with restricted government funding, said the company.
Its research indicated that the average waiting time between employment tribunals receiving a claim and when it is heard reached 237 days this year, up from 207 days last year.
The number of claims received by employment tribunals has risen by more than a quarter over the last year to 35,430, said the report.
GQ|Littler said restricted funding means the tribunals service is finding it difficult to employ enough front-line judicial and support staff to deal with the caseload, leading to growing delays.
The increase in waiting times is leaving employers facing uncertainty for months over the outcome of a claim, while workers are frustrated by the delay in dealing with their complaints, said the law firm.
Raoul Parekh, partner at GQ Littler, said: "Many businesses facing an employment claim feel like they are operating under a cloud until that claim is dealt with. That's why it's important to get these claims dealt with quickly, but at current trend employment tribunals will soon reach breaking point.
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