Posted on 19/03/2013 by Phil Hall
Resolving Workplace Disputes
The business community have consistently told Government that their biggest concern in relation to taking on staff is the employment tribunal system and that this fear ultimately acts as a barrier to growth.
On 27 January 2011, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the then Tribunals Service jointly consulted on a series of detailed proposals on how the system should be changed – the Resolving Workplace Disputes consultation. The aim was to support and encourage parties to resolve disputes earlier (where possible in the workplace) but, where there is a need to have the matter determined, to ensure that the system works efficiently and effectively, to bring things to a conclusion more swiftly.
On 23 November 2011, we published the Government Response to Resolving Workplace Disputes, with a package of measures that will deliver a more streamlined and efficient employment tribunal system. The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills announced that Government intends to provide both employers and employees with greater access to methods of early dispute resolution and support growth by giving employers more confidence to take on new workers.