In its annual report - which provides a snapshot of the UK job and employment market - figures show that Acas received over 78,000 conciliation cases from the Employment Tribunal Service - almost a fifth (18%) more than last year. There was also a significant (22%) increase in unfair dismissal conciliation cases. In total, Acas received 55,000 cases which involved a claim for unfair dismissal this year, a rise of almost 12,000.
Ed Sweeney, Acas chairman, told The Telegraph the figures underlined the strain that businesses and individuals have had to face over the last year. He added: "The consequences for many employers and workers have been clear: job insecurity, battles over pay and tensions in the workplace.
"At ACAS, there's no doubt we've been seeing the real human costs of this economic change. Our helpline which has long acted as a barometer for the state of the workplace, showed a dramatic increase in calls for advice on redundancy and lay-offs, from employers and workers alike."
What is unfair dismissal?
Dismissal can be unfair for a variety of reasons, i.e.:
- The employer lacks a fair reason for dismissing the employee (e.g.,
there was nothing wrong with the employee's job performance)
- The employer fails to follow the correct dismissal process
- The employer dismisses the employee for an automatically unfair reason (e.g., for taking maternity leave)
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