first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article EEF calls for Government to ease tribunal burdensOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Increased employment legislation and the UK’s growing compensation culturehave led to a significant increase in the number of frivolous claims toemployment tribunals, finds research by the Engineering Employers’ Federation. It shows a quarter of claims to employment tribunals were withdrawn by theapplicant last year before reaching a hearing, compared to 17 per cent in 2000.The study also reveals that in 2001 more than three-quarters of all claimswere settled or withdrawn before reaching a hearing, compared to 70 per cent in2000. Just 4 per cent submitted last year were upheld at hearings – down from 6.5per cent in 2000. The EEF’s director of employment policy, Peter Martin, called for theGovernment to devote more resources to conciliation in order to limit thenumber of claims being brought and to encourage disputes to be settled beforereaching a hearing. “The figures show an increase in frivolous claims where there islittle, if any case, to answer. These claims are proving a significant drag onmanagement time and give strong backing to our call for the Government todevote substantially more resources to conciliation.” The number of claims handled by the EEF in 2001 fell by 7 per cent in 2000to 3,028 from 3,255. Unfair dismissal claims fell to 48 per cent from 52 per cent, which Martinbelieves shows the increasing incidence of other sorts of claims by applicants.”The vast majority of tribunal awards and settlements remainsubstantially below the figures in high-profile public cases. “The EEF believes that these substantial awards have only served tocreate a misleading impression and encouraged employees to pursue claims wherethere is no legitimate grievance,” said Martin. www.eef.org.ukBy Ben Willmott last_img

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