Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled As Unlawful

05/09/2017 Filed under HR


What does this mean?


The government introduced Employment Tribunal fees in 2013 under the idea that the fees will reduce the number of malicious and weak cases and also reduce costs for tax payers. The introduction of the fees meant some people could not afford to take their case to a tribunal, therefore making it unfair to genuine cases. This resulted in some big bosses being able to treat their workers unfairly and workers on a lower income forced to put up with the situation they were in.  People were being asked to pay up to £1200 in order to pursue their case, which for many was just not feasible.  The fees were also seen as discriminatory towards women as they faced a double penalty with high fees and short time scales to bring maternity discrimination cases.

26th July 2017 saw the Supreme Court rule that Employment Tribunal fees are illegal, meaning the government is set to refund around £27m in fees they have charged people in the recent years.


How does this affect me?


There is now a suspected rise in the number of Employment Tribunal cases being made, however there is also a suspicion that employers will settle claims outside of court, meaning the tribunal numbers will not be as high as they were before the introduction of the fees.