90% increase in single employment tribunal claims submitted
The Ministry of Justice has published employment tribunal statistics for the period from October to December 2017. This period follows the abolition of employment tribunal fees which were held to be unlawful in July last year. The figures show that single employment tribunal claims have increased by a dramatic 90% following the abolition of fees.
It is not thought likely that claims will rise to the same levels as before fees were introduced. The reason for this is that we still have Acas early conciliation and Acas effectively resolve a significant number of cases referred to them before proceedings are issued.
In the most recent quarterly statistics for the period April 2017 to December 2017, Acas received around 1,700 notifications per week. This rose to 2,200 per week following the abolition of employment tribunal fees.
Early conciliation succeeded in 17% of cases and of the balance 26% proceeded to employment tribunal and 58% did not. Of those that became employment tribunal cases, 21% subsequently settled via a COT3 agreement with the assistance of Acas.