Mock Employment Tribunal Success
HRM staff join up with the CIPD and Leeds and York employment law experts to run a highly successful mock Employment Tribunal
With rising numbers of employment tribunal cases in recent years the University of York’s Management School and a team of employment law experts from Harrowells solicitors in York and Winston solicitors in Leeds, hosted a mock employment tribunal in partnership with North Yorkshire branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel to help employer organisations understand how best to prepare for tribunals. Over 100 representatives from local businesses attended the event held yesterday at the University’s new Heslington East campus.
The aim of the mock employment tribunal was to show business leaders and HR professionals from the public and private sectors how to minimise the risk of tribunal claims, improve preparation for tribunals and enhance their chances of successfully defending tribunal claims.
The mock tribunal presented employers with an invaluable opportunity to experience a live mock tribunal hearing with cross-examination and legal arguments. By allowing them to hear all the evidence and advocates’ submissions before having the opportunity to vote on the outcome, it enabled them to see exactly how cases are decided in practice and thus gain a better understanding of the workings of a tribunal.
This event provided an excellent opportunity for employers and HR professionals to work together to understand what is involved in, and how to effectively manage, an employment tribunal”, said Sue Porter, Chair of the CIPD York. “Local employers gained a valuable insight into the importance of setting and communicating clear boundaries in terms of acceptable workplace behaviour.”
Feedback from delegates included: “To date I have never been involved with tribunals but I’m conscious that it may possibly be something I will be involved with in the future. Thank you for demystifying a potentially frightening situation from the perspective of the claimant and the respondent. It has also given me a much better understanding regarding the use of workplace documentation and record-keeping.”