Employers and Business Owners: What Does the Ruling on Employment Tribunal Fees Mean For You

On the 26th July, the Supreme Court ruled that Employment Tribunal Fees introduced in 2013 were unlawful.  All fees must now be refunded, and prospective claimants will no longer have to pay tribunal fees.  Here we look at the likely effects of this ruling and the repercussions for employers and business owners:

Employment Tribunal. Supreme Court ruling, ET, EAT, Tribunal feesIncrease in tribunal claims – Former employees are more likely to bring a claim now the fees have been lifted.  Employers need to take extra caution when dealing with their employees!

Prospective current claims – Employees who are still within the time limit for bringing a claim will be more willing to press ahead.

Out of time claims – It remains to be seen whether claimants who would have brought a claim but decided not to because of the Fees will now be able to bring that claim in the Tribunal – employers maybe faced with dealing with historic claims from 2013 onward.


Action: what to do now

  • Make sure you are protected against the risk and costs of Employment Tribunal claims. Contact our employment team today for a no obligation quote for industry-leading insurance protection against tribunal claims.
  • Check: are your HR procedures up to date?
  • Do you have any current concerns about your employees? Speak to us!

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