Employment Tribunal Fees – a U-turn

A public sector union, UNISON, has successfully applied to the Supreme Court on the question of whether Employment Tribunal fees are unfair.

Given the astonishing 79% reduction in claims being brought in the Employment Tribunals over a three year period, as a result of the large issue and hearing fees payable by the employee claimant, it is certainly arguable that there had been a significant impact on access to justice in relation to employment rights, over and above merely “weeding out” vexatious claims which was the stated intention of policy makers.

The Supreme Court have agreed with UNISON’s stance and a government spokesperson has indicated that an immediate removal of these fees will take place in response to the judgment.  This in turn should lead to a corresponding increase in the number of claims brought.