Employers facing an employment tribunal claim should understand the levels of compensation typically awarded in different types of case.
The top FAQ for December looks at the 2021/22 statistics for unfair dismissal compensation.
Statistics on compensation awarded in employment tribunals were published in December (having been unavailable for some time as a result of the tribunals switching to a new operating system). The statistics show the maximum, median and mean awards for different types of claim. For example, the maximum sex discrimination award in 2021/22 was £184,961, with a median award of £17,959.
Issues around long-term sickness absence also feature in the top 10 questions, including whether employees on sick leave can take annual leave or work for another employer and whether an employer can ultimately dismiss an employee because of their absence.
There are also questions on fixed-term contracts, including whether an employer has to give notice to an employee at the end of the fixed term or if they are dismissed early. This includes an explanation of the circumstances in which an employee on a series of short-term contracts can be deemed to be a permanent employee.
The top 10 HR questions in December 2022:
10. Can an employer require an employee to attend work if they test positive for coronavirus but are asymptomatic?
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