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employment tribunal fees – here to stay for the time being

7 February 2014

Unison’s High Court challenge on the introduction of the employment tribunal fee regime has been dismissed.

Despite statistics being produced which show employment claims are down, the court stated that the “fundamental flaw in these proceedings is that they are premature and that the evidence at this stage lacks that robustness necessary to overturn the regime”.

One of Unison’s concerns is that the fee regime will have a disproportionate effect on women. In order to allay some concerns the Lord Chancellor has undertaken to keep the impact of the regime under review.

For the time being at least this is likely to create certainty for employers and employees alike. However, this is unlikely to be the last we hear of it – Unison have vowed to “fight on”.

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