A new CIPD report, ‘Conflict Management: A Shift in Direction?’ reveals that employers are split over the future of employment tribunal fees, which have resulted in a substantial 70% drop in the number of employment tribunal claims. The research found that 38% of employers said that it should be left as it is, but 36% believe that the fees should be either significantly reduced or abolished altogether and 27% were undecided on what should be done. The research also revealed that some employers are critical of the early conciliation process, often on the grounds that they are given insufficient information at the outset of a case to decide how to respond and few large employers are interested in making use of the extended ‘without prejudice’ legislative provisions in terminating employment discussions, believing that it offers them inadequate protection against possible tribunal claims.
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