When Employment Tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013, amidst significant controversy, the government made a commitment to review their impact. The government has now announced the start of that review.
The review will take into account a wide range of evidence including tribunal data on case volumes, case progression and case outcomes, the general trend of the number of cases appearing at tribunals before the fees were introduced and to what extent there has been discouragement of weak or unmeritorious claims. The review is expected to be completed later in the year and the government will consult on any proposals for reforms to both the fees and remissions scheme.
The government’s announcement is particularly timely, given that Unison’s appeal against the High Court’s dismissal of their application of judicial review of the introduction of fees was heard by the Court of Appeal earlier this month.