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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