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Employment Tribunal Claims

Many golf club managers will be interested in the recent statistics published by the Ministry of Justice in relation to employment tribunal claims brought by employees.

Monday 17th of July 2017 08:00

Many golf club managers will be interested in the recent statistics published by the Ministry of Justice in relation to employment tribunal claims brought by employees. The figures cover the period from January to March 2017 and show that 4,291 single claims were received (up 4% on the same quarter in 2016); and 26,861 multiple claims (2 or more employees against the same employer) were received (up 7% on the same quarter in 2016).

In July 2013, we saw the introduction of employees having to pay a fee in order to bring a claim, resulting in a significant initial drop of 79% in the number of claims brought. The recent statistics above, however, show that the number of claims is slowly creeping back up, albeit nowhere near the pre-fees level.

The quarterly statistics also show a continuation of the trend of quarter on quarter increases in the proportion of cases awarded full or partial remission of fees ie where the employee is not required to pay all or part of the fee, which is likely to be why there is an increase in the number of cases being issued.

Golf clubs should continue to ensure that they take advice from NGCAA in relation to employment matters because there is still a strong chance of an employee bringing a claim.

 

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