CBI: Employment tribunal system isn't working

by Christopher Evans

Firms may find greater need to seek employment law advice as the tribunal system is not operating as well as it should, the CBI has claimed.

According to the business group, the employment tribunal system needs to be sped up in order to reduce costs and improve fairness for all involved.

In order to deliver this, the CBI believes weak claims need to be identified early on in the process and early agreement needs to be reached on fair settlements.

Katja Hall, CBI chief policy director, commented: "It's always regrettable when the relationship between employer and employee breaks down to the point where a tribunal claim is made."

She added that both sides deserve to benefit from a system that is "consistent, quick and keeps legal costs to a minimum", which is not the case at the moment.

Figures from the group show there has been a 173 per cent rise in claims over the past six years.

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Published on: April 15, 2011

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