Government to boost capacity in employment tribunal system

Government to boost capacity in employment tribunal system

Business Minister Paul Scully introduces raft of technical changes to increase flexibility to employment tribunal system.

The government is changing employment tribunal rules to allow more flexibility for remote hearings and reduce the burden on courts, claimants and respondents. These changes will help tribunals hear more cases and make courts space available for other urgent cases, an important step in addressing the impacts of COVID-19.

The reforms will assist tribunals in ensuring the speedier delivery of justice for businesses and workers.

Business Minister Paul Scully said "The employment tribunal system has held up very well in the face of an increased caseload and the impacts of COVID-19 – but these changes will boost its capacity further."

"These reforms will provide further flexibility to the system to ensure workers and businesses receive quick and fair resolutions to disputes, both at this critical time and in the future too." 

One of the changes being made will allow the judiciary the option of deploying non-employment judges into employment tribunals, if certain criteria on suitability are met. This will help the employment tribunal system deal with demand, reducing unnecessary delays.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

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