The Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have recently published a report showing how many Employment Tribunal awards are actually paid to Claimants. The report itself can be found here:
For those of you who don’t feel like wading through the statistics, here is a quick summary:
- Only 49% of claimants received their Tribunal award in full in 2013
This is down from 53% in 2008. 66% of claimants received at least some payment.
- Only 53% of claimants received some payment without having to take further legal action
If an employer can’t or won’t pay, many Claimants have had to resort to further legal action to recover their award.
- 61% of Claimants received some payment without further legal action, if they were assisted by lawyers
There are many possible reasons for this, but having a solicitor ready to take furtherlegal action if necessarycan prompt many employers make payment.
- Of the reasons for non-payment, 25% of claims were not paid due to insolvency of the employer.
This was the biggest reason for non-payment and it is very important for Claimants to take the correct steps to recover as much of their award as possible. Insolvency always presents a problem but the Government do guarantee some payments to Claimants and it is vitally important to take early advice.
How we can help
This report shows that even winning in an Employment Tribunal may not be enough, and it is important to take good advice as early as possible on your options.
For more information on our employment services, if you have an employment law enquiry or need assistance, please contact Philip Kay on 01392 344800 or use the enquiry form on the contact us page.