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COVID-19: pandemic leads to backlog of 45,000 employment tribunal cases

45,000 employment tribunal cases waiting to be heard in August 2020, Ministry of Justice data shows according to the Law Society Gazette, demonstrating an increase in the backlog of cases by 26% from the start of March.  Additionally, there has been a rise during this period of the UK’s unemployment rate from 3.9% to 4.1% shows the Office for National Statistics for the period April to June 2020.  The growing tribunal backlog may be due in part to the increase in redundancies, and in part due to listing difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.