Podcast: The abolition of employment tribunal fees XpertHR employment law editor Laura Merrylees is joined by Laurie Anstis, a director with Boyes Turner LLP, to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court's judgment.
the Supreme Court has ruled.Since July 2013, workers in the UK have been charged a fee to bring a claim to tribunal, a further fee if the claim is heard and another charge if they want to appeal the decision. Following their introduction, Unison sought unsuccessfully to have employment tribunal fees ruled unlawful in two High Court challenges and in the Court of Appeal. Unison appealed a final time to the Supreme Court, which heard the case on 27 and 28 March 2017. Unison argued that fees made it "virtually impossible or excessively difficult" for some individuals to exercise their employment rights. Unison also argued that the fees regime indirectly discriminates against some groups. For example, the union said that claimants required to pay the highest fees, including £1,200 for a discrimination claim that goes to a hearing, are disproportionately female. The SupremeEmployment tribunal fees are unlawful under both UK and EU law because they prevent access to justice,