Employment Tribunals update

14 August 2020

The Employment Tribunals National User Group minutes relating to a meeting held on 30 June 2020 have been published, and they detail  the current position on tribunals, and the currently observed large backlog of cases.

With thanks to Daniel Barnett.

There are several crucial points:

  • Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, there has been a substantial increase in the backlog of the number of tribunals, which appears to be increasing by approximately 1% each week. It is anticipated that this figure will increase following the closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) at the end of October 2020
  • Prior to the outbreak of coronavirus, there was already a large backlog – roughly 30,600 cases as of March 2020, and 36,600 in June 2020
  • The minutes served to dispel the rumour that longer cases are not being listed until 2022, with the exception of the South East region, which is listing 2-3 day cases for 2022. The London South region is listing 2-3 day cases in mid-to-late 2021 and every other region in England and Wales is listing 2-3 day cases in the first half of 2021


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