CIPD doubts over tribunal reforms

first_imgCIPD doubts over tribunal reformsOn 26 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Claimsby the Government that its plans to reform the tribunal system will reduce thenumber of employment tribunals by up to 40,000 a year have been doubted by theCIPD.TheDepartment for Trade and Industry made the prediction in its document Routes toResolution: Improving Dispute Resolution in Britain, which outlines theproposals (see below).MikeEmmott, head of employment relations for the CIPD, has welcomed the reforms,many of which are included in next year’s Employment Bill. However, he issceptical that they will have such a significant impact in reducing employmenttribunals.”TheDTI’s estimate of the impact of these measures on reducing the number ofemployment tribunals is much more than I would have expected,” he said.”Ithink it is optimistic, but the Government is bound to want to put a gloss onits activities.”Emmottbelieves the number of employment tribunals will continue to increase, at leastin the short term, as new legislation in the Employment Bill on paternityleave, equal pay questionnaires and flexible working requests becomes law fromApril next year.Emmott’sviews are supported by a survey of more than 2,000 employers published lastweek, which shows that more than four in 10 managers report that the number ofunfair dismissal cases has grown over the past year.Thestudy, by the Future of Work programme and the Economic and Social ResearchCouncil, also finds that one in six companies have reported an increased wagebill for legal advice about employment-related issues.By Ben Willmottwww.dti.gov.uk/er/individual/etresponse2.htmThetribunal reforms include:–Plans to make it easier for tribunals to strike out weak claims–The introduction of a fixed period of conciliation–Improved promotion of alternative dispute resolution–The introduction of statutory grievance procedures at work–The introduction of a fast track for straightforward tribunal claims Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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