Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Tribunal fees abolished: what now for employers?
Several clients echoed a collective ‘hurray’ when tribunal fees were introduced – surely this will deter silly claims? But what now?
The Supreme Court’s decision that fees to access the employment tribunal system are unlawful is potentially a game changer for employees and employers.
Before the introduction of fees employment related claims were four times higher than they are today. This recent decision is likely to see a huge increase in claims for employers, possibly returning to the high level previously recorded. Employers had complained about spurious claims wasting time and money. Employee bodies argued that fees prevented claims with merit from being heard. Both sides have a point.
So what now for employers? How should they respond? Here are some thoughts and tips for you to consider
Do not be side tracked by the prospect of an increased risk of claims. Continue to do the right thing. Think and plan, yes but if the decision affecting the workplace is correct and appropriate, take it. Make sure your HR is robust and carry on!
In some respects, this will be back to the future but the underlying principles of good management should continue to hold firm. If it is right – it is right!