Waiting times for Employment Tribunal claims rise again

August 19, 2019, By

A recent report conducted by employment law firm GQ Littler has found that Employment Tribunal claims are taking an average of eight months to be heard, which is a rise in waiting time for the fourth year in a row.

According to the report, the average delay between a claim being lodged and a final hearing is now 237 days, compared with 207 days last year. Government funding cuts have been blamed for the increased waiting times because this has meant that it has been difficult to hire enough experienced staff, notably those required to handle larger caseloads.

The report calls for creative solutions to deal with the problem, including introducing a new step in the Tribunal process, similar to the ACAS early conciliation process, which would give both parties a chance to settle before a case is heard in Tribunal.