With the World Cup and Wimbledon in full swing, businesses might be worried about the impact these major sporting events will have on workplace absences.
While throwing a sickie might be a one off, in some cases it might be a sign of something more serious - and this could lead to a tribunal.
Recent tribunal data has shown that the number of cases brought by individuals increased by 118% in the three months to the end of March 2018, compared to the same period last year.
While tribunal fees were in place, there were around 4,300 individual cases a quarter. This has risen to more than 9,000 in the most recent quarter. In a similar way to the use of video assistant referees in football to check decisions were correct, old cases where employment tribunals may have been necessary are coming under review again.
This increase can have a big impact on a business’s bottom line, with the most expensive tribunals ending up costing hundreds of thousands of pounds. Now we’re not talking about the price of a premiership football transfer, but you do need to make sure you’re doing everything possible to avoid an employment red card:
A rise in tribunals was perhaps inevitable given the legacy of cases that employees were reluctant to bring during the period of tribunal fees. However, businesses need to ensure they are not adding further unnecessary tribunals to the current caseload. These four steps are a starting point.
If you need advice on how processes, technology and people can help avoid costly tribunals, download our guide: