Claimants in the employment tribunal are now facing up to 46 weeks for their hearings during lockdown, it has been revealed.
The increasing delay emerged as HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) published figures showing the number of outstanding employment tribunal claims soared to 51,614 by 11 March 2021
This represents a 45 per cent increase on the pre-covid-19 baseline figure of 35,653. The volume is set to increase yet further with the furlough scheme ending on 30 April, with fears of a looming spike in redundancies.
HMCTS figures also confirm that the number of employment claims accepted in quarter 4 last year (October to December) was up 37 per cent on quarter two and 66 per cent on the first quarte...