Employment tribunals | Claimants wait nine months for hearings

Claimants wait nine months for hearings

Due to the constraints of coronavirus, claimants at employment tribunals currently face a nine-month wait before their claims are heard in court, meaning employers and employees face a long period of uncertainty and disruption before finding out the outcome of a claim, according to the latest reports from law firm GQ|Littler.

The average wait time between an employment tribunal receiving a claim and when that claim is heard reached 284 days this year, up 20% on the 237 day wait time last year, with GQ|Littler stating that the increase in wait time is exacerbating problems for employers who face uncertainty for months over the outcome of a claim.

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