ACAS research suggests fees are a major deterrent for individuals taking their claims to employment tribunals

Tim Lezard

Employment Tribunal ETThe TUC says bad bosses are the beneficiaries of the government’s policy of of charging to attend an employment tribunal.

Responding to a report published today by Acas on the first year of early conciliation, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This research confirms that people are having as many problems at work as ever. Resolving those issues as soon as possible is important. It is encouraging that the vast majority of employers and staff are participating in early conciliation, and that Acas is settling so many cases so quickly.

“However the research suggests that fees are a major deterrent for individuals taking their claims to employment tribunals, with around at least one in four claimants whose cases are not settled by early conciliation being put off from further action by the costs. Many employees – particularly the low paid – cannot afford justice, which could explain this apparent keenness to settle a dispute at early conciliation without going to tribunal.

“Employment tribunal fees have been a huge victory for Britain’s worst bosses. By charging up-front fees for harassment and abuse claims the government has made it easier for bad employers to get away with the most appalling behaviour. The Ministry of Justice must prioritise its review into the impact of tribunal fees and take swift action to abolish them.”

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Tim Lezard

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