Last month The Supreme Court decided that the current system of Employment Tribunal fees was unlawful. This means now that an individual can bring a claim without having to pay any fees.
They ruled that charging a fee for applicants was in effect preventing access to justice and was therefore unlawful under both UK and EU law.
The court particularly noted that the majority of tribunal claims were of low value or non-financial means and therefore the charges were deterring people from claiming.
So, as the matter stands employees do not have to pay a fee to bring a tribunal claim. This makes it more important than ever to ensure that you treat employees appropriately and follow the correct processes, as they no longer have to pay a fee in order to issue a claim.
If you need help with the absence process, performance management or grievances and dismissals please get in touch. Our sister company FusionHR can help. We can also arrange insurance to cover the event of a claim in relation to Tribunals.