27 January 2011 #Employment
Given the increasing number of Employment Tribunal claims, the huge expense caused to employers in defending them and the suggestions that tribunal claims put employers off employing new staff, there has been much talk about the need to overhaul the current system...and today the government has proposed various reforms.
The proposals include increasing the length of service an employee needs before they can bring an unfair dismissal claim (from one to two years), making employees pay a fee of £500 in order to lodge their claim, compulsory ACAS conciliation on all Tribunal claims and the introduction of an `Employers Charter` to clarify rights and responsibilities.
The government hopes that this package of reform will assist business, increase productivity and encourage competitiveness, but needless to say has been met with a mixed reaction so far. Employer groups have welcomed the changes, hoping it will deter vexatious litigants, however organisations representing employees insist that there are already enough deterrents in place for such individuals.
No doubt the consultation that will now follow will be hotly debated!