Categories: General
      Date: Jul  7, 2009
     Title: Employment Appeals Tribunal Report 2008
EAT reports trebling of claims made under the Redundancy Payments Act.

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) annual report for 2008 was published late last month. Unsurprisingly it reported that in the first six months of 2009 it had received 4,300 claims compared to 1,900 in the same period in 2008 The majority of claims dealt with by the EAT relate to termination of employment, however it is worth noting that claims under the Redundancy Payments Acts have trebled in 2009. A summary of the 2008 report is as follows:

 

 

Based on the 2008 report which reflects the beginning of the current recession and the preliminary report on the first six months of 2009 it is safe to assume that the EAT's work load is going to increase for some time to come. It is a timely reminder for employers that when it comes to terminating employment either as part of a disciplinary process or as a result of a redundancy situation sound policies and procedures must be used at during every step in the process. Now more then ever these policies and procedures are likely to be tested by a referral to a Rights Commissioner or to the EAT. At Resolve HR we have previously highlighted the importance of following procedures during redundancy situations, see news articles dated 08 March and 01 May. For more information on this or other issues please {cms_selflink page="contact-us" text="Contact Us"}