Employment tribunal fees: Unison’s latest challenge and other developments

Although the Court of Appeal’s most recent judicial review application to challenge the legality of employment tribunal fees has failed in the Court of Appeal, the judge did comment that the decline in the number of claims in the tribunals following the introduction of tribunal fees “is sufficiently startling to merit a full and careful analysis of its causes”. However he did also comment that there was both a Ministry of Justice review of fees underway and also a separate enquiry into the effect of tribunal fees being carried out by the Justice Committee.

Meanwhile The Law Society has issued a discussion document “Making employment tribunals work for all: Is it time for a single employment jurisdiction?” in which it suggests proposals to lower the cost of running tribunals while maintaining access to justice, and then review the tribunal fee structure.

And on 1 September the Scottish Government, in “A Stronger Scotland: The Government’s programme for Scotland 2015-16 announced that it intends to abolish employment tribunal fees.

The living wage

The Government has published some information concerning the living wage. The adult National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate is currently £6.50. It will increase to £6.70 from October 2015. From April 2016 the premium will come into effect on top of the NMW, taking the National Living Wage to £7.20 for workers aged 25 and above. The NMW will continue to apply for those aged 21 and over.

What would Brexit mean?

The most recent edition of Pensions Pieces – our look at key recent pensions developments in technical detail – considers what leaving the EU would mean for British pensions, as well as case law updates and news.

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