The Government has streamlined employment tribunals to cut unnecessary demands on employers, and encourage growth, while safeguarding workers’ rights. From 6 April:
- The qualifying period for claiming unfair dismissal will rise from one to two years
- Judges will be able to sit alone in unfair dismissal cases
- Witness statements can be provided in writing as opposed to the current rules where a witness reads their own statement out aloud
- The maximum level for costs awarded to businesses winning a vexatious tribunal claim will rise from £10,000 to £20,000. Deposit orders required by claimants when a judge determines that a part of claim is unmerited will increase from £500 to £1,000.