The Supreme Court has ruled today that fees payable by claimants in employment tribunal proceedings are unlawful. Fees were introduced in 2013 and ranged between £300 to £1200. Its aim and result was a marked reduction in claims. But the Supreme Court has judged that fees are unlawful and unconstitutional. The Government has pledged to repay all fees to claimants which amounts to in total approximately £32 million pounds. This will mean that in future no fees are payable which no doubt will result in an increase in claims once more. Obviously there is no way of knowing exactly how many claimants decided against bringing claims due to the costs of fees and they will not have a second opportunity to do so.
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.