Tribunal fees abolition – what this means for you

2017-08-09 Jennifer Renney-Butland posted:

The recent Supreme Court ruling that employment tribunal fees are unlawful and have been abolished with immediate effect is expected to give rise to many more claims by disgruntled employees for unfair dismissal, unpaid wages, and discrimination.

The fees were introduced in July 2013 and as a result employment tribunal claims dropped by over 50% as many employees simply couldn’t afford it.

Employers and employees who have paid tribunal fees since 2013 and not recovered them may be entitled to a refund, although it could take some time for the tribunals to issue this.

Employees who have low value claims or claims with lower prospects of success are now more likely to bring a claim, and employers who do not have watertight policies and procedures, or fail to implement them correctly, are more likely to find themselves facing a tribunal claim.

If you would like to discuss how this might affect your business, get in touch with us for a chat and we will be happy to advise you as to whether you need to take further precautions. Do not hesitate to contact us at 01225 632240 or email info@renneyandco.com.

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