Nightmare for employers as Employment Court fees are banned by ‘Supreme’ Court

It has been announced today that Employment Tribunal Fees are unlawful and will be removed with immediate effect.

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Unison who brought the case against the UK Government.

The ruling may have a significant effect on claims to employment tribunals; many of you will recall life before fees where it was not uncommon for employees to go to an employment tribunal because they had nothing to lose. Similarly, we now need to consider that pre-claim conciliation (also known as early conciliation and conducted by ACAS) may also be less attractive when there is no cost to go to a Tribunal.

The ruling is significant, and will undoubtedly have an effect on how we deal with contentious employment matters from today onwards.

The media reporting is high on this subject currently and no doubt much speculation will abound. However, we wanted to let you know the employment effect as soon as we could.

We will of course update you further on how Government may respond beyond having to pay back £27m of fees charged since their introduction, and how Employment Law may change in the near future.


4 Responses to “Nightmare for employers as Employment Court fees are banned by ‘Supreme’ Court”

  1. emm jay says:

    Pay back £27m of fees charged over the last 4 years? Hmmm that’s an awful lot of tribunal cases … yet another blind spot that the msm establishment protectors fail to report on.

    ‘… and how Employment Law may change in the near future.’ Enslavement Law more like.

  2. Tapestry says:

    The biggest nightmare is for those looking for a job. Who wants someone they don’t know well, if they can so easily get reward for accusing employers with nothing to lose?

    • emm jay says:

      Sorry Tap but from what I’ve personally witnessed this is not an option to ‘easily get reward’ at Employment Tribunal. As for ‘nothing to lose’? There is. It costs a lot of money for legal representation for those taking a case to ET. There is a lot to lose. ET’s are absolutely not the walk in the park they’re often made out to be.

      • Tapestry says:

        I suppose legal aid went. But in truth many good employers suffer. People who steal can win cases by making up stuff, and being believed. I’ve seen it. Another worked out how to make equipment fail and sued for that. The effect on others looking for work can be imagined. Employers need protecting. There are rogue employers, I agree, but using courts does not create justice, as in so many other areas. Having more employers giving people choice is all there is to make the world a fairer place. Most employers give up once they face these threats. It’s the most destructive way to sort out our economy possible to get everyone accusing each other of stuff. Better to just move on, and make sure there are plenty of places to move on to. Bad employers are often bad at their business too. Set up more competition. It’s the corporate agenda to load these things onto smaller businesses and drive them out. Everyone can work for Tesco.

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