What is the real risk of an employee taking a tribunal claim against their employer?

The risk heightened considerably with the abolition of tribunal fees – whereas their introduction saw a drop in claims of 70+ %, the abolition of fees has had precisely the reverse effect, and we have now seen tribunal cases return to pre-fee levels.  There is a risk, although statistically it is still reasonably small. It’s worth mentioning here that with decent advice most cases can be disposed of well before the tribunal hearing, and if there is a risk of losing the case it makes sense to consider an economic settlement.  Too many employers commit for 5 years to the first ‘ambulence chaser’ HR company that contacts them, whereas in reality a relatively simple intervention from an ethical HR provider may have done the trick.  Some employers will prefer to instruct a lawyer, but do remember that lawyers do charge hefty hourly fees, and the more hours they put into a case, the more they can charge! 

myHRdept have handled numerous settlements and tribunal claims for existing HR Outsource clients and one off projects for new clients. Contact us to discuss your HR requirements or call 01628 820515.

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