Employers call for action after record claim figures

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. TheEngineering Employers’ Federation is urging the Government to introduce theAcas arbitration scheme soon after reporting a record number of employmenttribunal claims in 2000.Thefindings reveal that the number of employment tribunal claims handled by theEEF rose by 17.5 per cent in 2000 to 3,255.Only6 per cent of claims submitted by applicants were upheld at tribunal, with 70per cent of claims settled or withdrawn before reaching a hearing, said theEEF. It pointed to the fact that almost one-fifth of cases were withdrawn,suggesting a large number of weak claims.TheEEF, which represents nearly 6,000 engineering companies, said the figuresprove that increasing litigation is weighing down business.PeterMartin, EEF’s director of employment policy, said, “These figures back thecomplaints from business that the avalanche of employment legislation of thelast few years has fuelled an ever-increasing culture of litigation.”Headded, “Employers are now facing the problem of defending more and morecases at a time when their companies are already under great pressure.”Martinurged the DTI to implement the Acas arbitration scheme, launched last December.If the scheme is approved, it should be operational by spring 2000. The schemeaims to cut down on the number of cases going to tribunal by offering theoption of confidential and binding arbitration. Hesaid, “We are keen supporters of the scheme. But we want the DTI tobroaden it to take on more cases. The weakness of the Acas scheme is that itonly deals with unfair dismissal cases.”TheEEF also called for measures to revise existing application forms foremployment tribunals so that both applicant and employer can set out theirdefence of claims.Otherfindings from the EEF survey show that disability bias claims increased by 40per cent in 2000, although only 6 per cent were successful at tribunal.ByKaren Higginbottom Employers call for action after record claim figuresOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more