£30M Employment Tribunal Fees to be repaidJuly 26, 2017 6:23 pm | This post was written by mmadigital | Posted in: Dispute resolution, Employment
Today (26 July 2017) the Supreme Court ruled that the Government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when, in 2013, it introduced fees for bringing employment tribunal claims.
Trade union Unison said the fees prevented workers accessing justice and have campaigned for their withdrawal for four years.
The government introduced fees of up to £1,200 which it said would cut the number of malicious and weak cases. The number of claims fell by a massive 70%. The Government will stop charging the fees immediately and begin steps to refund those already paid.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: ‘These unfair fees have let law-breaking bosses off the hook these past four years, and left badly treated staff with no choice but to put up or shut up.’
Mike Spicer, director of Research at the British Chambers of Commerce, said the ruling would leave “employers concerned about a return to the past, when despite winning the majority of cases, companies would often settle to avoid a costly and protracted process even when their case was strong”.
Linda Saleh, Human Resources Consultant advises ‘Employers should not delay in reviewing all their employment policies and procedures to ensure they are up to date and should train all managers to implement them consistently.’