Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) has published its annual report and accounts for the year 2008/09.

There was a marked rise in the number of unfair dismissal claims, from 33,352 in 2007/08 to 43,028 in 2008/09. Similarly, there was a notable increase in redundancy pay claims from 2,891 to 3,938, an increase of 36%. Acas has attributed these increases to the economic downturn. Conversely, equal pay claims and working time claims actually decreased – indeed, working time claims fell from 17,407 in 2007/08 to just 2,889 in 2008/09.