No Dispute Hearings in 2016

Aug 09, 2017

The annual JIB Disputes Report has highlighted that in 2016 no Dispute Hearings were held. This is a first time occurrence in nearly 50 years, and contrasts remarkably to highs of 60 hearings in 1983 and 49 in 1991.

There is now a more universal acceptance and preference for mediation or alternative dispute resolution, which is great to see. The pro-active approach taken by the JIB in resolving potential claims at an earlier stage has proven to be extremely effective at helping parties to deal with issues and maintain a workable employment relationship.

We regularly review our dispute procedures to ensure they are effective and informed. In particular, we have recently redrafted the guidance documents for potential claimants and respondents, to clarify what is expected when submitting a claim, how the process will work and what to expect should a case reach a Dispute Committee Hearing.

A total of 47 pre-claim conciliations were handled by the JIB in 2016, these concerned various claims including unlawful deduction from wages, travelling time payments, periodic return fares, holiday pay, sick pay, benefit credits and National Working Rule 17.

Read the full Dispute Report