How Tribunal Fees Could Change the Handling of Workplace Issues

August 21, 2015

But altering procedures may rebound on employers in the long term

Much of the debate about the fees system in employment tribunals has been focused, quite understandably, on its effect on employees’ access to justice. Questions have been asked about whether the fees regime constitutes an unfair and excessive deterrent to those seeking to enforce their employment rights through a tribunal, given the dramatic and continuing reduction in the number of claims since fees were introduced in 2013.

The government is currently conducting a review of how the regime is operating but many commentators are sceptical about the prospect of any change as a result of this. It seems that tribunal fees will, in any event, be with us for the foreseeable future in some form or other.

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