Whether it comes with a ‘thud’ or ‘ping’, HR and business owners’ know the dreaded sound of an ETI kicking off an employment tribunal claim hitting their doormat or inbox which will be closely followed by a long ‘sigggghhhh’
But what if the first time you get to hear about the claim is when what thuds or pings through is the ET3 response request? What if you hadn’t seen any communication from ACAS about mandatory early conciliation because the email hadn’t reached as it should have being responsible for all things HR but instead, had fallen into an unmonitored email inbox orsent to some random person within your business?
Hopefully and particularly if you are a smaller business, employment tribunal claims of any kind rarely come across your desk. But in bigger businesses, and particularly with the current economic climate where people are being laid off left right and centre and looking everywhere for possible avenues for recompense, whether you are a small or large organisation my prediction is you can expect to receive more of them.(more…)