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June 2012

Are Employment Tribunals a Barrier to Justice?: A mixed method approach

Lord, J 2012, 'Are Employment Tribunals a Barrier to Justice?: A mixed method approach', 11th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies#Conference on Research Methods##Academic Publishing International Limited#Reading#UK.

Abstract

Two publications from the British Chamber of Commerce and

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development stated that the Employment
Tribunal System (ETS) is broken due to a number of reasons, including
the amount of vexatious claims and the abuse of the system by
claimants. The statements by the two employers organisations instigated
an exploratory analysis of unfair dismissal claims from 1998 – 2011.The
intention of the study is to analyse employment tribunals in respect of its
purpose and whether the system is broken as purported by employers organisations.
Through analysing users’ perceptions of the Employment Tribunal
Service, the intended outcome is to demonstrate that although there
are problems with the system, it is not a barrier to justice and that it actually
needs to be modernised to ensure that the service is accessible for
people who have a dispute with an organisation. Employment Law is an
extremely political and controversial issue at the moment, therefore this
research will analyse whether the current employment tribunal system is
effective, and most importantly identify potential changes to improve the
system. A mixed method approach is unusual within a law discipline and
would yield information that could be used to shape government thinking.
 
This paper analyses the possible use of a mixed method approach to studying the ETS.
 
Keywords: mixed method, employment law, triangulation, employment
tribunal, convergence model

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Publication Details

Conference Proceedings
Lord, J ed. 2012, Conference on Research Methods, Academic Publishing International Limited, Reading, UK, pp.239-247.

Conference Details
11th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies