Malicious Dismissal Claims on the Rise Says CIPD

Posted: 27th April 2011

UK employers are increasingly falling victim to instances of ‘malicious dismissal claims’ from disgruntled ex-employees.

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that up to 60 per cent of employers have had to deal with employees who have made unfair dismissal claims and then added on a discrimination claim to improve their potential payouts.

The research follows a recent pledge by the Government to change the way workplace disputes are dealt with. However, 69 per cent of employers surveyed claimed proposals, which would see the minimum period that employees must serve before claiming unfair dismissal increase from one year to two, will have “little impact”.
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