In the UK there has been a sharp increase in mass employment claims, or Class Actions, which occur where a number of employees with a similar or shared complaint come together to seek redress from an employer.
Issues such as equal pay, worker status and collective redundancy legislation have driven employment Class Actions where employee claims have a shared basis in fact which apply to large amounts of an employer’s workforce.
Employment Class Actions are a concern for organisations because they generate high costs in legal fees, time management, reputational damage and depending on the outcome of the claim, the awards can be GBP multi-million.
DLA Piper has a strong track record in Class Actions, which has become the shorthand term for a range of mass claims, group litigation and collective redress procedures. In this film, our Class Actions Group discuss how changes in legislation and the removal of employment tribunal fees have led to more employment Class Actions and how these claims will develop in the future.
- What factors are influencing employment Class Actions in the UK?;
- what types of Class Actions can be brought in the Employment Tribunal?;
- what are the key concerns for employers?; and
- how can businesses mitigate and avoid the risk of employment Class Actions.
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