Tribunals is a worrying and stressful process for both the employee and employer.
But perhaps most concerning of all is that the number of tribunals is rising. In an article which appeared in HR Magazine, the number of employment tribunal decisions relating to flexible working has risen by 52% in the past year. There has also been a stark incline in the number of women taking employers to court citing menopause as the reason for unfair dismissal and discrimination. What’s more, overall employment tribunals surged by 13% during the pandemic.
So, as an employer, when you’re faced with the situation of proving that an employee was treated fairly and the law was followed, how do you prepare?
Greg Hartigan, Managing Director of caseflowhr.ai explains: “All too often we see a worrying lack of a ‘paper trail’ and evidence when companies prepare for tribunals. It also surprises me, even in today’s accessible digital world, how many businesses still use spreadsheets to record ER cases. This results in a significant amount of work if a tribunal occurs, as teams scrabble to pull together evidence and relevant paperwork detailing the case and how it was handled.”
“Even outside of a tribunal scenario, I’m always shocked by how many companies track ER cases on a spreadsheet, often relying on just one or a few individuals within the HR function to know and record the status of every matter, and ensuring all relevant documentation is retained. In this set up, businesses can never fully ensure that they are covered, especially if someone in the team is absent for some reason.”
Watch this video with Greg reflecting further on how HR departments are still relying on spreadsheets and how life could be made easier for HR professionals:
Greg also shares how caseflowhr.ai can help with evidence-tracking when preparing for a tribunal: