Personnel Today - 15 March 2021
Employment law firm GQ|Littler said these delays were only likely to get worse as the pandemic had given rise to a greater number of employment disputes – triggered by redundancies, cost cutting and health and safety issues.
Raoul Parekh, partner at the firm, said: “Covid has taken its toll on the tribunals, who were already facing significant operating difficulties long before the pandemic. The crisis is a perfect storm of reduced capacity in the tribunal system – with some venues closed for Covid-related reasons for weeks on end – and increased volume of claims.”
“These delays mean some claims will have to wait until 2022 before they are heard in court. This places a huge burden on employees and businesses during this already disrupted time.”
“Unfortunately, this is just the start. A wave of redundancy claims is expect following the end of furlough, so the backlog will only get worse.”
“Additional support is being given to tribunals, including the opening recruitment of new judges and the extension of the consultation period between employers and employees to increase the chance of reaching an agreement. But without more resources the problem is not going to get better, with employers and employees paying the price.”
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