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Tribunal reform is important step forward and can help aid AWR implementation, says REC

Tribunal reform is important step forward and can help aid AWR implementation, says REC
The REC has welcomed Government confirmation of plans to reform the UK's tribunal system. This was one of the key areas for Government action called for by the REC in recent discussions with Employment Relations Minister, Ed Davey. The announcement is significant for recruiters in light of the forthcoming Agency Work Regulations, which could lead to more tribunal claims.
Specific proposals include a new fee for lodging a tribunal action, a rise in the qualifying period before people can make unfair dismissal claims to two years, and a requirement that all cases must first be lodged with ACAS, the conciliation service that attempts to resolve disputes without resorting to a tribunal.
The net result of this should be to limit the number of unfounded and frivolous claims.
Highlighting the importance of this reform, Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of Policy and Professional Services, says:
"We have been calling for concrete action to help businesses, and this is a step in the right direction. REC members have flagged employment tribunals as a major source of unnecessary cost and bureaucracy, and so the Government's plans must deliver an effective filter.
"Organisations such as ACAS are not predicting a huge surge in tribunals once the AWR comes in later this year. However, there will clearly be some claims made by temporary staff, who feel they are not benefiting from equal treatment provisions.  
"Reform of the tribunal system provides further reassurance to recruiters and their clients that the new regulations will not add significant risk to the supply of temporary and contract staff."


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