Plans to restrict unfair dismissal cases at employment tribunals have sparked an increase in claims, according to new research.
Commercial law firm EMW said thousands more claims were submitted last year amid moves by the Government to introduce a fee for taking such a case to a tribunal and for a cap on payouts.
Spokesman Jon Taylor said: "The Government's proposals will significantly limit the advantages of pursuing an unfair dismissal claim against an employer. The Government hopes this will reduce spurious claims in future, but the impending deadline has helped prompt a spike in claims."
He continued: "People have been racing the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill through Parliament since it was announced last May, to get their claim in under the current claims regime.
"Working through all these extra claims will add to the pressure already on the employment tribunal process. The system is struggling with an ever-growing backlog of cases still to be heard, leaving employers and employees in limbo as they wait for their cases to be resolved."