Earlier last year, Vince Cable announced the Government’s controversial proposal that tribunal fees should be introduced. ACAS has recently expressed concern that, if tribunal fees are introduced, many employers will bank on their employees not having the financial means to lodge a claim and will, as a result, not make any early efforts to resolve workplace disputes. ACAS fear that it will only be when employers find out that an employee is prepared to pay the tribunal fee that they will make efforts to manage the dispute effectively, making it harder for ACAS to achieve early settlements.
The Government’s consultation on the introduction of fees for employees who wish to bring tribunal claims against their employers closed on 6 March. The Government will now review the responses and provide its response.