Employment tribunal Covid backlog forces change – furlough & redundancy case costs to rise

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“So, what does this mean for claimants who have been waiting a long time for their claim to be heard?

“Well, it appears that delays are likely to remain an issue for some time, which could have an impact on claimants psychologically, as well as making it difficult for them to move forward and get some closure.

“A delay could see a claimant withdraw their case either due to the funds required for legal fees for that period or simply because they cannot mentally sustain the lack of closure.

“Also the memory of any witnesses or the parties involved could also fade significantly.

“Employees can move on in that period or may lose contact or become reluctant to be involved if they cannot be sure of their memory. These delays are unhelpful and can tend to add more animosity between the parties, dragging the claim out even further. However, every cloud has a silver lining.”

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