Will scrapping of Tribunal Fees make any difference?

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. )

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