More small firms taken to tribunal over sackings

Increasing numbers of  small to medium-sized firms are being taken
to tribunals after failing to follow the correct procedures when sacking staff.

Analysis of figures from law
firm Peninsula found that 62 per cent of all 
the tribunal cases it deals with are centre around unfair dismissal

HR managers seem to be
struggling to come to terms with disciplinary procedures, with around 13,300
calling Peninsula’s helpline in June seeking advice on the subject.

● 78 per cent of the
company’s clients say dismissing an employee is  the most difficult element of people management.
● 83 per cent of firms pay out when faced with a tribunal application rather
than go to tribunal
● Just 12 per cent of the cases that employers do fight at a tribunal are

Ross Wigham

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