ACAS has published its latest statistics on early conciliation for the period April to December 2017.
The number of notifications received in the period April to July 2017 was 1,700 per week. From the end of July 2017 to December 2017 this figure rose to around 2,200 per week, an increase of about 500 per week.
The timing of this increase comes as no great surprise given that the Supreme Court judgment which lead to the abolition of Employment fees was issued at the end of July 2017.
The ACAS Conciliation Update also say states that whilst many of the longer- term effects of the Supreme Court decision are not yet fully recognised, there has been an increase in Early Conciliation notifications of 25% and an increase in net ET1 receipts of 25% when compared to the same period in 2016.
This backs up the statistics published in the latest quarterly Employment Tribunal statistics (October to December 2017) that were recently released by the Ministry of Justice.
Those statistics show that when compared to the same quarter in 2016 there has been a 90% increase in single ET claims and a 66% increase in backlog of single ET claims. They also show that 3,400 ET fee refund payments have been made with a value of £2.8m.
When you delve a little deeper into the stats there are some noticeable increases in particular types of claims. The biggest increase is, as mentioned in my passle post, Equal Pay Claims on the Rise, in equal pay claims. The number of equal pay claims received by the Employment Tribunals for the period October to December 2017 was 4.5 times higher than equal pay claims for the same period in 2016 (up from 1,168 to 5,365 claims).
Some other figures worthy of note include claims for sex discrimination claims, which have increased from 674 to 1313 (almost twice as many); claims for religion or belief discrimination which are 2.5 times higher (up from 84 to 218) and claims for unlawful deductions from wages which were just over 3 times higher (up from 2,809 to 8,967).
The increase in claims, in particular for unlawful deductions from wages, is not unexpected given that Tribunal fees have been abolished and individuals seem to be more willing to lodge claims.
For full details of the ACAS Early Conciliation Update please click here.
Between the start of April 2017 and the end of July, Acas received around 1,700 notifications per week. Since the Supreme Court ruling on Employment Tribunal Fees, this has risen to around 2,200 notifications per week.