The surge in employment claims, according to the Ministry of Justice has been fueled by a Supreme Court’s ruling in July last year. The ruling stated that employment tribunal fees were unlawful; as a result the government promptly scrapped the fees with immediate effect.
There has been a near doubling in employment tribunal claims since the decision of the Supreme Court. The result has been to swamp the system with claims causing delays of a year in London and between six months and a year in other parts of the country.
The system is struggling to cope with the sudden increase and has resulted in phones not being answered, emails ignored and hearings cancelled at short notice because of a shortage of judges. The delays are also causing more stress for claimants as well as potentially increasing costs.