Employment tribunals suffer severe post-Covid delays in England and Wales

Employment tribunals suffer severe post-Covid delays in England and Wales


3rd January 2023

Financial Times

The number of open Employment tribunal cases increased from 46,467 to 50,060 in the year to October 2022, according to HM Courts & Tribunals Service figures published this month.

Raoul Parekh, partner at law firm GQ|Littler, said: “Delays can mean that [people] may be under pressure to ‘undersettle’ a case if they are offered a smaller sum of money now against the chance of a potentially larger amount of money in the distant future.”

Parekh added that the backlog was also a problem for employers as, by the time a claim is heard, staff at the company involved may have moved on. “The current delays mean that a case about what someone said or did not say in 2020 might only be heard in 2024.”

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