Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Tribunal Fee Ruling Quashes Existing Regime

This morning The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by Unison, holding that the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunals Fees Order 2013 (which led to a 70% reduction in claims) is unlawful and will be quashed.

Fees for people bringing employment tribunal claims have been ruled unlawful, meaning the government will (it has been suggested by the BBC) now have to repay £32m to claimants.

This has been the third challenge to the fee regime but this time Trade union Unison argued that the fees prevented workers getting access to justice. Apparently the comparable fees paid at the small claims court were considered relevant.

The Supreme Court also found fees were indirectly discriminatory to women.