The Financial Times has today set out some dismal news for workers who wish to bring employment related claims against their employers.
In 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that fees charged to workers for bringing employment tribunal claims should be removed. As a result there was a considerable increase in cases brought to through the tribunals and the system struggled to cope.
Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, face-to-face hearings have been placed on hold and remote hearings have predoominantly only been used for case management. Consequently, the existing backlog of outstanding cases within the employment tribunal system have reportedly risen by more than 4,300 between 1 March and 24 May. More complex cases are being relisted for dates in 2021 or even 2022.
With an already strained system, coronavirus will undoubtedly see employees and employers experiencing long waits before employment tribunal proceedings are heard. Whilst this may give parties more time to work on settling matters, for those that move on with the litigation process issues relating to evidence and witnesses' recollection of events will undoubtedly arise.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding employment litigation or any other employment based queries, please do contact the Employment Team at Kemp Little.
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