Employment law is a minefield of constantly changing regulation and requirements for employers, and when things go wrong it can be expensive, that's why you need the right paperwork in place.
The Employment Tribunals Service accepted more than 132,000 claims in the financial year ending April 2007. That is an average of well over 500 per working day, and is an increase of more than 53% in the last two years. The biggest areas of growth for claims were in working time and pay, issues that can affect any business.
The average compensation awarded by tribunal for unfair dismissal was nearly £8,000 with a maximum of almost £250,000*.
In race discrimination cases, the maximum award was over £120,000, with an average award of more than £14,000*.
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* Figures from Employment Tribunal Service annual statistics report 2006 - 2007