The Supreme Court has today scrapped fees for Employment Tribunal claims. But will it make any difference?
We will certainly see a significant increase in claims against employers but other checks introduced by the government remain in place. For example, for unfair dismissal the employee usually needs to have 2 years’ employment and compensation is capped at 1 year’s basic salary. However, since discrimination claims do not require a minimum length of service and compensation is not capped, discrimination claims are likely to bounce back very quickly indeed.
(Introduction of the fees was swiftly followed by an 80% drop in Tribunal claims being made against employers. The fees were most commonly £250 to start a claim and another £950 a month before final the hearing. )