Employers advised about ‘pandemic effect’ of tribunal risk after redundancies

Employers advised about ‘pandemic effect’ of tribunal risk after redundancies

 - Tribunals can take place three months after redundancies are complete
 - Increasing numbers of tribunal claims according to the Ministry of Justice
 - Risk potentially increases in poor job market says experts

According to the Ministry of Justice, single employment tribunal claims have risen by 18% during the pandemic (April to June 2020) compared to the same period last year. Figures also show the outstanding tribunal caseload is higher than the previous peak in 2009/2010. An expert from Renovo, the UK’s leading specialist provider of outplacement support, says that the ‘pandemic effect’ on the job market has a double whammy for employers – not only having to make roles redundant in the first place, but a potential risk of increased tribunals if former employees aren’t able to find a new role.

Chris Parker, Managing Director of Renovo, explained:

“A claim to an employment tribunal must usually be made within 3 months less 1 day of being made redundant. However, a very sad impact of the pandemic is that is even fewer job opportunities are available for departing employees to replace their income. This means those that are made redundant who can’t find new roles may focus their frustration on their previous employer, especially if the end of their employment wasn’t handled sensitively.

“Simply put, it has never been so important for employers to manage redundancies extremely carefully to protect their operational and reputational risks now and in the future. We’d recommend giving departing employees the opportunity to focus on practical next steps, so they feel supported. Not only is this a positive step for an employer brand, it also means they are less likely to seek redress against the organisation if they feel they’ve been looked after.”

Friday, 6 November 2020

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