February 26, 2014
Employment disputes in the workplace cost time and money, with the fear of tribunal often acting as a significant barrier for businesses, particularly SMEs. It is often cited a factor in dissuading companies from taking on staff, which could, ultimately, disrupt the growth of their business.
As an employment barrister I have seen first-hand the impact that long, drawn-out employment tribunals can have. Often taking at least six months between the claim and hearing, the drawbacks aren’t just monetary (as the costs fall to businesses), but also include stress for all sides affecting staff morale.