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07 February 2008 by Mary Heaney

Employees urged only to consider employment tribunal as 'a last resort'

Employment lawyers should not be the first port of call for employees when they have a dispute with their company, say the CBI.
 A business group has urged employees not to be too quick to take legal action against their companies when they have an employment dispute.


Marion Seguret, a senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), was commenting after figures from The Tribunals Service showed that the number of employment tribunals in the UK rose by 15 per cent in 2007 to 132,577 cases.


The study indicated that the number of cases regarding equal pay increased particularly quickly.


Mr Seguret explained that tribunals "should be the last resort" for employees because they are always "expensive and time-consuming".


He added: "If the dispute can be resolved outside of a tribunal it's better for everyone."


Recently, the government revealed that it was looking at ways it could alter employment laws to speed up the dispute process.


Minister for employment relations Pat McFadden said: "We want to move from the current overly rigid and legalistic process to one where there is more conciliation between employers and employees."

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