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Employment tribunal fees: Now they are not applicable.

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By fluke I discovered this morning that since July this year (2017), and as a result of a supreme court ruling, it is now (and has been since it's inception) deemed illegal to make people pay for one of these tribunals.

 

This ruling completely slipped under my radar. I didn't hear any reporting of it.

 

I know that once upon a time, people could take their employers to a tribunal and claim wrongful dismissal or whatever, and it was free. Then in 2013, all that changed, and 'charges' were introduced, which had the obvious effect of pretty much stopping people from claiming, as it was pretty expensive. Especially if you had lost your job.

 

So since July this year, it's back to a free service.

 

Not only that, if you were unlucky enough to have to take an employer to a tribunal, and had to pay, you can reclaim the fees you were charged at the time. This applies also to employers, who may have made a counter-claim.

 

https://www.gov.uk/employment-tribunals/make-a-claim

Edited by PeteMorris

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At present there are no fees, however the government indicated last week that they are planning to re-introduce fees as of next year.

 

The challenge heard by the Supreme Court was won primarily on the basis that the fees charged were too high, not that charging any level of fees would be unlawful.

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At present there are no fees, however the government indicated last week that they are planning to re-introduce fees as of next year.

 

The challenge heard by the Supreme Court was won primarily on the basis that the fees charged were too high, not that charging any level of fees would be unlawful.

 

Surely if the supreme court ruled them 'illegal'...Right from day one of their introduction, and the fact the gov are having to reimburse those who paid 'fees'....They are going to have a hard time reintroducing them?

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Surely if the supreme court ruled them 'illegal'...Right from day one of their introduction, and the fact the gov are having to reimburse those who paid 'fees'....They are going to have a hard time reintroducing them?

No. It's done by Statutory Instrument, rather than an Act of Parliament.

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