• International Workplace
  • 26 July 2017

Employment tribunal fees unlawful, Supreme Court rules

Fees for those bringing Employment Tribunal claims have been ruled unlawful, and the government will now have to repay up to £32m to claimants.

July 2013 saw the introduction of a fees system regarding any claim made to an employment tribunal, this fiercely fought at the time by a variety of unions across the UK.

Today saw a ground-breaking outcome from the Supreme Court that found the fee system unlawful, further it added that the Government had acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally back in 2013 when the scheme was introduced.

Unison is delighted with the outcome today stating that;

“this is probably the biggest victory in employment rights in this country”

Since the introduction of the Tribunal fees system there has been a significant drop in cases being taken to tribunal, over the three years that has led to a 79% reduction.

Now the fees system has been declared unlawful this will no doubt have an impact on employees, ex-employees and employers as they look at the employment rights and any litigation that follows.

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