The Guardian reports this week that, not surprisingly, there has been a huge drop in Employment Tribunal claims lodged since June 2013 when the government introduced court fees for this type of claim. Whilst it is said that the aim of fees being introduced was to prevent unfounded and vexatious claims being lodged, the evidence suggests that in reality, workers with genuine cases are being denied the opportunity to bring claims simply because they cannot afford to pay the court fees. The fees can range from £390 in straightforward cases, to £1200 in more complicated cases such as unfair dismissal or discrimination. If you think that you may have a claim which you would wish to take to the employment tribunal we can advise you on what fees you would be liable to pay and how you may be able to claim an exemption from paying court fees.
Well, just when you think that employment law has quietened down along comes a case in Scotland which got everyone talking. The interest was in November’s Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment in the combined cases of (1) Bear Scotland v Fulton (2) Hertel (UK) Ltd v Woods and (3) Amec Group Ltd v Law.