ACAS, the advisory, conciliation and arbitration service, has published its annual statistics for the year up to 31st March 2009.
Headline figures show increases of 27% in Unfair Dismissal claims; 37% in claims for breach of contract; and 58% in disputes about redundancy pay. ACAS deals initially with claims that are made to employment tribunals, with a view to negotiating settlements without the need for a full tribunal hearing.
The increased numbers are likely to a large extent to reflect the recession. This will have the double impact of greater numbers of people being dismissed or made redundant and those individuals being more likely to bring claims because of the difficulties of finding new work.
The increase in claims also highlights the difficulties faced by employers in getting matters such as redundancy dismissals right. For many employers, this might be the first time they have had to consider reducing headcount.
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