22/01/2018 Provisional statistics from the Ministry of Justice revealed that tribunal claims for the quarter July to September 2017 rose by 64%.  These are the first statistics since tribunal fees were abolished in July 2017 and strongly suggest, as was suspected, that the number of claims will climb to the previous levels.

Employers who take their legal responsibilities seriously and properly comply with the law and their obligations will be better protected, but there is a concern about an increase in spurious claims that were considered to be prevalent before fees were introduced. 

Employers can take pro-active steps to protect themselves. These steps may include:

  • Reviewing your HR documentation and working practices (e.g. if you have not updated your contracts of employment and employee handbook for a while, this is a good time to do so).
  • Consider training your managers in key areas of HR. Often it is the inexperience or untrained manager who can land the Company in hot water. 
  • You may want to consider insurance that could cover the Company against legal costs (and any awards) should you get a claim (but make sure it is a good/robust insurance and will provide cover).

Practical HR can help with all the above. We can review your documents and deliver ‘on-demand' management training where we can provide training on key areas of HR (e.g. disciplinary procedure) in practical half day training sessions. We can also offer a robust insurance (working with AXA). 

For an on-going solution, we would recommend as this will ensure your documentation is always up to date and information is clearly communicated to your employees. This in itself will help prevent claims and will demonstrate to employees that you take HR seriously.

The next step

Weaknesses in practices, procedures and policies do bring claims. So review yours and ensure they are watertight. Managers should also be fully trained to deal with workplace issues.

If you need guidance or advice or to book a demo, please call Practical HR on 01702 216573 or email

For the Ministry of Justice's provisional quarterly statistics, visit (PS 20.02.01).

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