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Tribunal roulette: new rules on fees for employment tribunals are just a money spinner

The new rules on fees for employment tribunals expected ?to come into force at the end of July are just a money ?spinner, says Philip Henson

24 May 2013

The draft statutory instrument to introduce fees in the Employment Tribunals (ET) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) (the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013) has recently been laid before parliament.

Claimants, or appellants, will be required to pay an issue fee on submitting a claim or appeal and a hearing fee before the full hearing. The anticipated implementation date is - perhaps optimistically - the ?endof July 2013. The fee levels are the ?same as those in response to the ?government consultation.

The official policy aim of the introduction of fees is to transfer some of the cost of running the employment tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal from taxpayers to tribunal users. The policy objective is to require users to pay fees where they can afford to do so in order to have their workplace dispute resolved through the ET and EAT process. It is worth taking a moment to reflect on the potential teething problems that...

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